Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who develop high blood glucose levels during pregnancy have a condition known as “gestational diabetes.” According to the latest data from the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes affects 18% of pregnancies. Mothers with gestational diabetes have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a birth injury.

In the early stages of pregnancy, maternal diabetes can cause birth defects to major organs such as the heart or brain and increases the risk of miscarriage.

The Ohio birth injury attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List have over 33 years of experience in handling medical negligence claims. We are understand proper medical procedures and understand how devastating birth injuries can be.

In the second and third trimester of pregnancy, gestational diabetes can cause macrosomia – or “fat baby.” There is a higher incidence of caesarean deliveries when the infant is large for gestational age. A large baby is at much greater risk during labor and delivery for development of hypoxia, brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy. If a large baby is delivered vaginally, rather than by caesarean section, the infant is at high risk of injury to the shoulder – known as shoulder dystocia.

Gestational diabetes may also result in respiratory distress syndrome due to incomplete lung maturation or even result in an infant who is stillborn.

Most mothers with gestational diabetes are able to deliver healthy babies, but early diagnosis and proper medical management is necessary. All expectant mothers should receive a glucose-screening test between 24 to 28 weeks of her pregnancy. If the woman has risk factors for diabetes, screening should occur even earlier and be repeated. If a doctor does not diagnose gestational diabetes or fails to properly treat the expectant mother and the baby suffers a traumatic birth injury as a result, the doctor may be liable for the injury.

Clark, Perdue & List

If your child suffered a birth injury as a result of undiagnosed or improperly treated gestational diabetes, contact the Ohio birth injury lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List.

RECENT BLOG POSTS FOR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Nursing Home Complaints Warning Icon Added to Database

According to the Wall Street Journal, the rate of nursing home complaints received by states has climbed in recent years, reaching 71,602, or 52.3 per 1,000 residents in 2018, from 32.7 per 1,000 residents in 2011. Nearly half of the complaints handled last year, or...

read more

Nursing Home Financial Exploitation

Long-term care residents are far too often the victims nursing home financial exploitation.  Although financial exploitation often occurs simultaneously with other forms of elder abuse, its increasing prevalence and devastation on the elderly requires particular...

read more

Forced Arbitration Clause Erodes Resident’s Rights

We have previously written about the dangers of a forced arbitration clause in nursing home admission agreements.  In many cases, a nursing home resident unknowingly signs away valuable legal rights by signing a forced arbitration clause. To alleviate this danger, the...

read more

Nursing Home Mental Abuse

Far too often we see news reports of nursing home mental abuse in facilities across the country.  We have written other articles on how to prevent nursing home neglect, but how do you spot signs of nursing home mental abuse once you have chosen a facility? While the...

read more

Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

Far too often we see news reports of physical abuse in nursing homes around the country.  We have written other articles on how to prevent nursing home neglect, but how do you spot signs of nursing home physical abuse once you have chosen a facility? While the signs...

read more