You may be able to file a lawsuit for injuries that your baby sustained if a doctor failed to recognize and treat the symptoms and signs associated with a uterine rupture during pregnancy or labor. Uterine rupture occurs when the wall of the uterus tears. The tear may be small or it can be a complete rupture where the baby spills into the mother’s abdominal cavity. A ruptured uterus is considered an obstetrical emergency as it is life-threatening for both mother and child.
Signs of uterine rupture during pregnancy and labor include bleeding, abdominal or chest pain, or falling blood pressure. The baby may also show signs of uterine rupture by an abnormal fetal heart rate or pattern showing on fetal monitoring strips. These are signs that the baby is not getting enough oxygen and should be delivered via emergency C-section immediately. Injuries associated with uterine rupture are often due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or birth asphyxia where the baby does not receive enough oxygen. This causes permanent brain damage and disabilities such as cerebral palsy, cognitive disabilities, mental retardation, and seizures.
If you experienced injuries from a uterine rupture during pregnancy or labor due to a doctor’s failure to recognize signs and symptoms, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. The birth injury attorneys at Plouff Law are happy to help determine if you have a birth injury medical malpractice case. Contact us for a free initial consultation.