Birth should be a joyous time, but it can be dangerous for the mother and child when conditions like uterine rupture occur. Uterine ruptures are often preventable when the OBGYN team properly interprets the signs. When a healthcare provider responds improperly or ignores indications of distress until it is too late, they can be held accountable for malpractice.
If you or a loved one suffered serious harm because of a provider’s failure to prevent or treat a uterine rupture, do not hesitate to reach out to a seasoned birth injury attorney. Our Connecticut uterine rupture lawyers at Berkowitz Hanna are prepared to fight for the compensation your family deserves.
A uterine rupture occurs when the uterus tears during birth. The child can slip out of the uterus through the tear and into the mother’s abdomen.
A baby can die of suffocation if they detach from the placenta and are not delivered immediately. Many children who survive a uterine rupture experience oxygen deprivation during birth, which could lead to cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other birth injuries.
A mother who suffers a uterine rupture may experience severe and even fatal hemorrhaging. An emergency hysterectomy is often necessary to save the mother’s life. Infections after a uterine hemorrhage are common and pose a substantial risk to the mother.
Some women are more prone to uterine rupture than others. A history of previous delivery by Caesarian section and other surgical procedures on the uterus are risk factors for uterine rupture. When a mother presents with these risk factors, doctors should be attentive to any sign of maternal or fetal distress and act quickly. In most cases, immediate delivery via C-section is necessary.
Uterine rupture is often caused by improper use of forceps or improper administration of drugs. Medical practitioners sometimes negligently ignore signs of fetal or maternal distress, excessive vaginal bleeding, distorted abdomen, or other indicators of a possible uterine rupture.
A Connecticut uterine rupture attorney can analyze the medical records for evidence the healthcare team did not provide care in accordance with appropriate standards. In addition, Connecticut General Statutes §52-190a requires a lawyer to get a written opinion from a medical expert confirming there is evidence of medical negligence before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice lawsuits arising out of uterine ruptures are complex. The lawsuit often seeks compensation for the mother’s injuries and the child’s injuries. The healthcare professional is only liable to pay compensation if there is evidence of a direct connection between the healthcare provider’s actions and the harm to the plaintiff.
If successful, the mother could receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and her pain and suffering, including the psychological impact of the experience. The child could receive damages for their pain and the long-term impact the birth injury will have on their physical, social, educational, and financial opportunities. If the child requires ongoing medical intervention and support, the parents could receive funds for this purpose. Experienced Connecticut uterine rupture attorneys understand how to use evidence like medical records to connect someone’s injuries to a provider’s negligence.
A uterine rupture is a significant complication of labor that can have devastating consequences for a family. If the negligence of medical professionals played a role in the incident, you could pursue compensation for your losses.
Reach out to a Connecticut uterine rupture lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna to learn more about how we can help you pursue justice. We have won millions for people just like you, and we are prepared to fight for what you deserve. Call us today to set up your free initial consultation.