Group B streptococcus (strep) is a complication of pregnancy that can present risks for the mother and the child. While long-term effects can be avoided in most cases, medical mistakes during pregnancy can lead to severe infections and other potentially serious health conditions. If you or your child has suffered ill effects due to a group B strep infection during pregnancy, it is important that you speak with a Connecticut Group B Strep attorney as soon as possible.
Our firm represents mothers and families in Connecticut in medical malpractice claims involving birth-related infections and other birth injuries and illnesses. Our attorneys have decades of experience and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in financial compensation. Group b strep infections during pregnancy can have serious consequences, and the financial and non-financial costs can be substantial. If you have a birth injury claim due to medical malpractice, our Connecticut Group B Strep lawyers can recover the compensation you and your family deserve.
Group B strep (GBS) is a bacterial infection that is relatively common among women who are pregnant. This infection does not generally cause problems in the mother but can lead to serious illness for their newborn child. Group B strep typically develops in the mother’s digestive or urinary tract, and it can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), GBS affects about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States.
There are a number of risk factors for group B strep, and doctors should monitor expectant mothers who present with these risk factors during their pregnancies. Risk factors for maternal group B strep infections include:
Oftentimes, pregnant women will not exhibit any symptoms of group B strep. As a result, all pregnant women should generally be monitored and tested consistent with Connecticut’s standard of care. For women who do have symptoms, these symptoms typically include:
Signs of group B strep in newborns include:
Newborns may also gradually develop additional symptoms including decreased mobility or pain with movement of the arms or legs, redness, and fever.
For expectant mothers, the most significant risks linked to group B strep infections during pregnancy are those associated with preterm labor and cesarean section (C-section) delivery. Some mothers may also experience heavy bleeding after delivery, which also has the potential for certain complications.
In most cases, however, the greatest risks are the risks to the fetus or newborn. These include the risk of:
For mothers and families who are coping with the consequences of their doctor’s failure to timely diagnose or treat group B strep during pregnancy, the costs can begin to add up quickly. This includes not only financial costs such as medical bills and additional time missed from work, but non-financial costs such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment as well. These are all costs for which financial compensation is available, and Connecticut law establishes clear liability for doctors and health care facilities that make harmful medical mistakes.
If you or your child has experienced complications from group B strep during pregnancy, you should take the following steps to protect your legal rights:
In order to assert your legal rights, you will need experienced legal representation. Our Connecticut Group B Strep attorneys can help.
Are you entitled to financial compensation for complications from group B strep during pregnancy? For a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights, call us today. A Connecticut group B strep lawyer could walk you through your legal compensation options.