Diabetes and Pregnancy
When diabetes occurs in an expectant mother’s body, the body is unable to properly process sugars in the blood. As a result, blood glucose rises to abnormally high levels, which can harm the growing fetus inside of her. Healthcare professionals should know the signs of diabetes and run the proper tests to detect it. Unfortunately, doctors and other health care providers occasionally fail to do so, resulting in serious birth injuries for some.
At the Rocky River law offices of The Lancione Law Firm, we are dedicated to holding doctors accountable for their mistakes. Our clients include birth injury victims and their families throughout Ohio. Many were involved in high-risk pregnancies that were incorrectly treated by physicians, nurses and hospitals. As experienced lawyers, we have seen firsthand the serious consequences of failing to test or treat expecting mothers for diabetes. This detrimental failure can lead to brain injury and fetal death. Too much glucose to the fetus can also act as a powerful growth hormone, causing the infant to become too large for a safe birth. Delivering a child under these circumstances can cause brachial plexus injury and cephalopelvic disproportion.
What Are The Possible Effects Of Gestational Diabetes?
Two of the most common effects of gestational diabetes on an infant are macrosomia and hypoglycemia:
- Macrosomia: This condition occurs when the fetus grows far too large because of high levels of sugar in the mother’s blood. These high levels cause the baby to convert excess sugar into body fat. Large fetal size can be dangerous during labor and delivery for both the mother and the baby.
- Hypoglycemia: If your child has been harmed by untreated diabetes — either gestational diabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes — you may be able to take legal action. Our legal team can help. When we accept a birth injury case, we conduct a thorough review of the medical records involved. We may also consult with highly qualified medical experts to learn exactly how a doctor’s negligence caused the damage and if the damage could have been prevented.
Call Us If Your Child Suffered Harm Related To A High-Risk Birth
We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 220-4439 or contact us online to schedule an appointment regarding diabetes, pregnancy and medical malpractice. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio.