Even under the best circumstances, the process of childbirth places enormous forces upon a child. The same wavelike contractions that proficiently squeeze the baby down the birth canal are able to relax and dilate the cervix. The graceful twisting and torque of the neck helps position the baby face down in preparation for entry into the world. When a protracted labor calls for the use of instrument-assisted birth or powerful drugs like Pitocin to facilitate the progression of labor and delivery, the pulling, twisting and squeezing forces imposed upon a baby can be enormously magnified. 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.
Assisted Delivery Mishaps: Forceps And Vacuum Extractor Injuries
The improper or untimely application of forceps can cause bruising, open wounds, facial paralysis and even skull fractures. Although the use of forceps is rarely used in delivery rooms nowadays, some classically trained obstetricians may still rely on their use, possibly due to misguided habit.
Medical Errors Caused By The Labor-Inducing Drug Pitocin
Pitocin is a synthetic hormone used in hospitals to induce or speed labor along if it is not progressing well. If excessive doses are administered or given over a long time, the drug can cause long, hard and sustained uterine contractions, without normal intervals of relaxation.
The negligent administration of Pitocin by a medical professional can cause hyperstimulation of the uterus, uterine rupture and maternal hemorrhage. Such catastrophic events can cause great injury to the fetus such as:
Contact Our Attorney If Your Child Has Suffered A Form Of Birth Trauma
If your child was seriously injured or died as a result of delivery trauma due to the medical negligence of a doctor or hospital, contact an attorney whose primary focus is medical malpractice. Our attorney at The Law Offices of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., can answer your questions and help you cope with your sense of loss after the death or injury of an infant from trauma. Please call our Arizona law office at 480-951-3949 or contact us online for additional information. We provide representation to people throughout the greater Phoenix area.