Baltimore Uterine Rupture Lawyer
Uterine ruptures during childbirth are devastating injuries that can cause the wrongful death of either the mother or her infant. Healthcare providers are expected to know the signs of when a person may be at risk of uterine rupture, and they are expected to act quickly to minimize any harm that may result. If you or your child has been harmed by a uterine rupture, it is important to speak to a Baltimore uterine rupture lawyer that can advise on the damages you may be able to collect to compensate for your losses.
What is a Uterine Rupture?
Uterine ruptures are incredibly devastating birth injuries. Even when they do not result in the death of the mother or child, the injuries sustained are still very serious, and they are also often permanent. Uterine ruptures are most common during childbirth, when a healthcare provider has failed to properly react to the onset of vaginal scar tearing by performing an emergency Cesarean section right away. However, uterine rupture can also occur during any stage of pregnancy or labor.
When a doctor fails to appropriately perform a C-section, the infant will lose oxygen rapidly and faces an increased risk of death. Mothers, on the other hand, may have to undergo surgical procedures, such as a hysterectomy, which can cause devastating emotional and physical damage.
Uterine ruptures are most common when a woman undergoes a vaginal birth after previously having a C-section during another birth. The chances of uterine rupture increase in these situations when doctors use drugs such as Pitocin to speed up labor or delivery. According to the American Family Physicians Center, only between 0.2 and 1.5 percent of women who have a vaginal birth after a C-section will suffer from a uterine rupture, with it occurring in only about 5 out of 1000 pregnancies. Still, even though the risk is low, a uterine rupture is catastrophic and will result in permanent injuries or death.
Types of Negligence that Result in Uterine Rupture
Many acts of negligence can cause a uterine rupture, but there are some that are more commonly seen than others. These include when:
- Doctors fail to advise a woman appropriately about the risk of having a vaginal birth after a C-section,
- Doctors ignore the signs of the onset of a uterine rupture and they continue on with the vaginal birth instead of ordering an emergency C-section, and
- Doctors fail to follow the high standard of care when performing a C-section
The above are just a few acts of negligence that can cause uterine rupture. Any time a doctor does not take appropriate action, or takes inappropriate actions, and it results in harm, a medical malpractice claim can help you recover the damages you deserve.
Our Birth Injury Lawyers in Baltimore Can Handle Your Claim
If you have suffered injury or have lost someone due to a uterine rupture, our Baltimore birth injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC, can handle every aspect of your claim. Our skilled attorneys know how to help you recover the fair settlement you deserve so you can move on with your life. Call us today at 410.567.0800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to obtain the sound legal advice you need.