Doctors Have a Heightened Duty of Care
It is more common today, especially in the United States that woman are waiting until their in their mid-thirties or older to start or add to their families. Woman are more focused on their careers than anything are choosing to wait until later on to have children. Their doctors must be aware of the potential risks involved and must act diligently to protect the mother’s health and her baby’s.
One of the most common risks is Down syndrome, a common chromosomal birth defect that causes affected children to have varying degrees of mental and physical problems. Women over age 35 also are at an increased risk of experiencing miscarriage because the risk of miscarriage rises with age. While the risk is about 10 percent for women in their twenties, it rises to more than 50 percent by age 45.
They may also face complications due to preexisting health conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney and heart problems
- And many more
These conditions can affect the growing fetus significantly. Diabetes often contributes to birth defects and miscarriage, while high blood pressure can prevent adequate fetal growth. Doctors managing the pregnancies of older women should monitor them for these problems along with other potential risks and give adequate treatment.
At the Rocky River law offices of The Lancione Law Firm, we are dedicated to taking action against doctors who cause harm. Representing clients throughout Ohio, we use in-depth knowledge, combined with extensive experience and resources to help medical malpractice victims achieve the best possible results.
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If you or your family has been injured, we invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 220-4439 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio.