Labor Induction Errors
After 9 months of pregnancy, every mother hopes for a smooth and complication free labor and delivery process. Some women, however, need medical intervention when labor is not progressing appropriately. Doctors often administer Pitocin, a synthetic hormone, to induce or speed up labor when it becomes medically necessary. Although Pitocin is widely used and has many demonstrated benefits, the inappropriate use of it can cause catastrophic injury to your baby. If your family was harmed by a doctor’s mistake in the misuse of Pitocin during labor induction, continue reading to learn more or call our offices at (312) 236-2900 to speak to a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Pitocin and Its Risks
Labor induction has inherent risks but is sometimes medically necessary. The use of Pitocin to induce labor may be appropriate in a variety of circumstances, including:
- Illness or complication of the fetus
- Illness of the mother
- Or a complicated and problematic pregnancy
Any circumstances that may call for the induction of labor must be evaluated against the potential risks. Risks of induction include:
- Separation of the placental lining from the uterus
- Fetal distress, include irregularities in the fetal heart rate or oxygen levels
- Rupture of the uterus
- Premature birth
Negligence During Labor Induction
Your labor and delivery team should be acutely aware of all of the risks involved with labor induction and the administration of Pitocin. In order to keep you and your baby safe, they must give the appropriate dose, and closely monitor you and your fetus for signs of trouble. If your baby becomes distressed, your doctor should immediately recognize the problem, and may need to stop Pitocin and potentially perform an emergency Cesarean section instead.
If your doctor gives you too much Pitocin, or fails to notice a problem with you or your fetus and react effectively and efficiently to resolve it, he or she may be guilty of medical malpractice. If your family has been the victim of medical malpractice you may be able to recover damages with the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
How We Can help
In order for a medical malpractice claim to succeed, you must prove that your doctor failed to provide you with the appropriate standard of care, and that that failure resulted in some harm. A doctor owes you the care that most other doctors would provide under similar circumstances. Our trained medical malpractice attorneys will help you prove a breached standard of care by acquiring the most trusted medical experts to testify about what the right standard of care is. We will help you prove injury by interviewing witnesses, finding experts to evaluate your medical records, and otherwise thoroughly investigating the facts of your case.
If your family has been the victim of medical malpractice due to labor induction error, we’re here to guide you through the civil litigation process and get you the compensation you deserve. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation. Don’t wait. Medical malpractice claims have some of the shortest statutes of limitations, and time could be running out to file yours.