It is not uncommon for a client to tell me that she feels more comfortable talking to and working with a woman on issues that are often personal and that involve an injury that affects her identity. The cases vary, but the following are some of the most common:
- Obstetrical injuries. Not only is the developing fetus a patient during pregnancy, the mother is as well. Medical errors during pregnancy may lead to a ruptured uterus, loss of reproductive organs and sterility, and wrongful death. The impact of these injuries is far reaching for a woman and her family.
- Gynecologic malpractice. Gynecologists work with women throughout their reproductive life and beyond menopause, performing a variety of evaluative services, including breast and pelvic exams, and providing treatments. It is critical that routine tests be performed with careful attention and thoroughness.
- Failure to diagnose breast or pelvic cancers. Disregard of a patient’s complaints, failing to order indicated tests, or misreading x-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds or scans may delay diagnosis and treatment of a treatable cancer, thereby reducing life expectancy and potentially subjecting a patient to more extensive and painful treatments and surgeries.
- Fertility and reproductive issues. Infertility is formally defined as an inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sex. This definition doesn’t include women who miscarry or can’t carry a baby to term. Efforts to overcome infertility are fraught with issues, not the least of which is its significant emotional and financial costs for the patient. Careful review of these complicated cases is essential.
- Female heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Approximately one woman dies every minute from heart disease. Women’s hearts differ from men’s hearts, and because of that, may not present with the “classic” warning signs of a heart attack. Studies show that women’s heart attacks in emergency departments are sometimes missed, and women are sent home with catastrophic results. (See our article “Understanding heart disease in female patients” on the Press Page.)
- Cosmetic surgery. The most frequent errors are nerve injury, scarring, and disfigurement, as a result of negligence in performing plastic surgeries. (See our article “Mirror, mirror, on the wall” on the Press Page.)
- Security and rape. Our office represents women in rape cases in which adequate security was not provided.
- Employment discrimination and wrongful termination. We represent women who have been the victims of employment discrimination and have been wrongfully terminated from a job.
The Dennehy Law Firm is singularly dedicated to working with women and their families in these life-altering cases. We strive to provide a better quality of life to significantly injured women and their overwhelmed families through recovery in these lawsuits.