Pitocin (also known as oxytocin) is commonly administered to pregnant women to induce labor, but this drug features risks that could be dangerous to both mothers and babies. If you or your baby has suffered as a result of the use of Pitocin during delivery and you believe your doctor was negligent, you may have a birth injury case. At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our attorney works hard to help hold negligent medical professionals accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
Risks Of Pitocin
It is crucial that doctors carefully monitor mothers and fetuses when using Pitocin since serious injuries can result. When doctors fail to use the right dosage or monitor the baby’s oxygen levels in the bloodstream during labor, the baby may suffer from:
This is because the placenta can separate, cutting off the baby’s blood and oxygen supply. Prolonged or overly powerful contractions can also lead to oxygen deprivation in the child and can cause devastating forms of brain injury such as leukomalacia, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy.
Risk For Maternal Ruptured Uterus And Hemorrhaging
In some women who are sensitive to the drug, induction using Pitocin can cause a woman’s uterus to become hyperstimulated and to rupture. Women are especially susceptible to uterine rupture if they have had six or more children or have uterine scarring from past cesarean sections.
Contact Our Arizona Lawyer For Strong Legal Advocacy
If you suspect Pitocin caused a catastrophic injury to your baby during delivery, it’s time to hire a strong legal advocate who will look after the best interests of your child. Call The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., at 480-951-3949 or contact us online to discuss your legal options. We provide legal help to people throughout the greater Phoenix area.