Can I hold my OB liable for the injury to my son for not conducting screening test when I was pregnant?

My newborn was diagnosed with Group B Strep after he developed an infection in his bloodstream.  The neonatologists believe that he contracted this during the labor and delivery process.  My obstetrician never conducted a screening test for this when I was pregnant.  Can I hold my OB liable for the injury to my son?


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Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacterial infection that infants can acquire from their mothers during labor and delivery.  The baby can be exposed to GBS from swallowing or inhaling the bacteria while passing through the birth canal.  Healthcare providers should be aware of GBS risk factors in the mother.  Treatments with antibiotics should be given to the mother prior to delivery to prevent the transmission of the disease from the mother to child.  The symptoms for early-onset of GBS can include fever, difficulty feeding, irritability, or lethargy.  Most babies survive this condition, although some may be left with long-term or permanent injuries.

Every year, thousands of people are injured as a result of medical malpractice.  A doctor, a nurse, or hospital worker who fails to exercise the proper standard of care, which results in harm to a patient, may be guilty of medical negligence.  A qualified legal professional can evaluate your case to determine if a medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought against the obstetrician for failing to diagnose or prevent GBS.

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