Uterine Rupture Birth Injury Lawyer
The uterus is the vehicle that sustains a fetus during pregnancy, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the placenta and protecting it. In the unfortunate scenario of uterine rupture, the connection between the uterus and placenta is lost, and the fetus can be deprived of oxygen. This condition usually occurs in the early stages of labor. An immediate response by the delivery medical team is needed to perform a cesarean section to save the child and prevent a birth injury from oxygen deprivation.
While uterine ruptures are rare, they are much more likely in women who previously had a C-section performed. The scar tissue can rupture, and there is a brief period, usually about a half an hour, to remove the fetus to prevent hypoxia or oxygen deprivation injuries. OB/GYNs and the medical delivery team need to consider this risk, especially for women with a history of C-sections. Delay in diagnosing uterine rupture can cause extensive injury to the fetus, including:
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Cardiovascular issues
The pregnant women can also be at risk from excessive bleeding from uterine rupture. A quick response is required, and any delay in treatment can be disastrous for the mother and child.
Delayed Response for Uterine Ruptures
Medical professionals have a duty to identify medical problems quickly and accurately when the symptoms and signs are present. With uterine ruptures, there are several factors that should alert a doctor and their delivery team to the issue. The fetus will often show signs of distress as oxygen is denied. The women could be experiencing excessive bleeding, pain, rapid heartbeat and signs of shock. When the various signs are not recognized and there is a delayed response in performing an emergency C-section, the medical team has made a serious medical error that can put both the mother and child at risk of injury or death.
If you or your child were harmed due to misdiagnosis or delayed response of a uterine rupture, contact our legal team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer. We can help you explore the option of pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit for financial compensation.