A pregnancy that has progressed normally can still give way to childbirth complications. When a complication happens, it must be dealt with immediately. Otherwise, a birth injury can harm the mother or baby. The attending physician must move quickly to address any problems. If immediate action is not taken to resolve childbirth complications, then the doctor may be responsible for medical negligence. At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our lawyer works hard to help hold negligent medical professionals accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
What Are Possible Childbirth Complications?
Fetal distress — This complication can take place before or during childbirth. Fetal distress alerts the obstetric team that the fetus is in jeopardy. When a fetus is in distress, it is usually because of decreased oxygen flow. Since this childbirth complication has the potential to cause brain damage, doctors may need to perform an immediate cesarean section. An abnormal heart rate is an indicator of fetal distress.
Shoulder dystocia — This occurs when a baby’s shoulders get stuck at the back of the mother’s pelvic bone. Not only is this harmful for the infant, but it also puts the mother at risk. If a baby is unusually large, then shoulder dystocia can happen. It also occurs when the mother’s pelvic opening is too small.
Uterine rupture — This life-threatening event occurs when the integrity of the wall of the uterus is breached. Most cases occur in women with uterine scars.
Medical Errors In Relation To Childbirth Complications
Most birth injuries can be avoided. In fact, doctors have protocols to follow when complications arise. If a mother or child was harmed during a childbirth complication, then a doctor may be held liable for a malpractice claim. Here are examples of medical negligence.
- A C-section was delayed.
- The obstetrician failed to respond to an emergency in a timely manner.
- The doctor or hospital failed to prepare for a large baby (macrosomia).
- Pitocin was misused to stimulate labor.
Contact Our Attorney For A Free Initial Consultation
If a birth injury occurred as the result of a childbirth complication, then it’s best to have a legal claim evaluated. To discuss a malpractice case, call The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C. at 480-951-3949 or contact us online. We offer free case evaluations and charge no upfront legal fees. From our offices in Scottsdale, we provide representation to people throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area.