Navigating Obstetric Violence in Canada

Common issues when interacting with the Medical System

Common issues faced by obstetrics and gynecology patients face include:

1. Pain not taken seriously.
2. Not being informed about test results in a timely manner.
3. Being released from the hospital too early.

Quality of care and shortage of staff, can give rise to a legal claim. The most common legal claims that are brought against nurses include:

1. Lack of informed consent
2. Breach of confidentiality
3. Improper documentation

Common legal claims that are brought against doctors include:

1. Medical negligence
2. Lack of informed consent
3. Professional misstatement or erroneous opinion about the patient’s diagnosis
4. Breach of fiduciary duty
5. Assault and battery
6. False imprisonment

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Medical Negligence in Obstetrics

Medical negligence claims against OB/GYN practitioners can include one or more of the following:

• Unnecessary surgery
• Lack of informed consent
• Surgical errors during a hysterectomy or C-section delivery
• Birth injuries
• Mistakes in testing for Down’s Syndrome and other congenital disorders
• Failure to determine prenatal conditions (i.e., tubal or ectopic pregnancy)
• Failure to identify umbilical cord complications
• Failure to diagnose or treat pregnancy-induced hypertension (i.e., preeclampsia)
• Delay/failure in diagnosis of cervical cancer

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