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FAQs on Gestational Diabetes and Medical Malpractice in New York

By Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

A recent John Hopkins study has found that the number of medical negligence cases in the United States has seen a significantly rapid rise in recent years.

A recent John Hopkins study has found that the number of medical negligence cases in the United States has seen a significantly rapid rise in recent years.

In a 2013 BMJ Quality and Safety issue, it was revealed that misdiagnosis errors caused by doctors led to deaths numbering from 80,000 and 160,000. It was also found that there have been more than 350,000 medical negligence claims over the past 25 years, resulting in serious health problems to patients as well as a massive payout.

Commonly Asked Questions about Gestational Diabetes

Women in New York, and across the US, have a number of questions related to gestational diabetes. Here is a look at some of the most common ones:

Q: I had gestational diabetes. After having my baby, when is the best time to get my blood glucose checked again?

A: You should get your blood glucose level rechecked about 6 to 8 weeks after having your baby. Like 90% of women with the condition, your levels of blood glucose will likely return to normal right after giving birth. However, you should keep in mind that there is still a risk of developing type II diabetes. In fact, there have been studies that have shown that women who have had gestational diabetes have up to a 60% risk of developing diabetes in the next decade or two.

Q: I had diabetes before my pregnancy. How often should I get my blood glucose levels monitored now that I am pregnant?

A: Most healthcare professionals recommend that pregnant women with pre-existing type I or type II diabetes monitor their blood glucose levels up to 8 times each day. In terms of your daily routine, you should monitor:

  • Before each meal
  • 1 or 2 hours after every meal
  • At bed time, and
  • Occasionally, at about 2 or 3 am

Q: What causes gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

A: The food you eat passes through your digestion system and goes through a number of reactions and processes and gets broken down to a type of sugar called glucose. When it enters your blood, the glucose is converted into energy with the help of insulin, a hormone. This energy is used by the cells in our body to function.

Due to various hormonal changes when you are pregnant, the insulin production by the pancreas gets disturbed. For some pregnant women, the produced insulin is not enough to convert the glucose into energy, causing the unused glucose to build up in the blood and increase sugar levels.

Q: What complications can arise due to gestational diabetes?

A: There are a few potential complications that can develop due to gestational diabetes, including:

  • Preeclampsia, or high BP during pregnancy
  • Placental abruption
  • Premature birth
  • Hypoglycemia in the newborn
  • Required labor inducement
  • Trauma during delivery to the mother or baby, like shoulder dystocia
  • Macrosomnia, where the baby is abnormally large for its gestational age
  • Perinatal death

Get Legal Help for Gestational Diabetes Malpractice in New York

If you or your baby suffers complications due to negligence in diagnosis or treatment of gestational diabetes, you should immediately call the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

Cases like this are difficult to win. Cases like this require a medical expert to support your claim. Do not worry, with RMFW Law on your side these things will be dealt with. We have the medical expert(s) to back up your word if your case is viable. We need to speak. We have won millions of dollars for past clients and you too can be on this stellar list. We know how to attack the other side and get you the compensation you deserve.

Call RMFW Law today!

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