Rh incompatibility between a mother and child is a condition that is not uncommon and which can be easily diagnosed. Therefore, when it occurs and causes harm to a child, it is recommended that the mother speak with an attorney who can advise her of her and her child’s legal rights.
Rh incompatibility occurs when a woman is Rh negative and is pregnant with an Rh positive child. When that occurs, the woman’s body may begin to create antibodies in order to create an autoimmune response to the child. The woman’s body may see the child as a foreign body in the bloodstream. The issue often does not arise until after the first pregnant. Rh incompatibility can occur in a few different situations, including the abortion of an Rh positive child, exposure to Rh positive blood as the result of a blood transfusion, or fetal hemorrhaging during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, a mother should be tested to determine if she is Rh negative. If she is, there must be proper precautions taken. Normally, a medication is prescribed which can help prevent the formation of antibodies. If antibodies have already been produced, normally the child must be monitored closely throughout the pregnancy. When the condition is properly diagnosed and treated, there is normally no cause for concern.
If you believe that your doctor failed to administer the proper tests to diagnose you with Rh incompatibility with your child, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to schedule a free consultation on your case.