Expectant mothers face certain risks for injury during childbirth.
It is essential to exercise caution and take proper care and precautions prescribed by the doctor, midwife, and nurses. Medical practitioners often caution expectant mothers of the risks childbirth involves. One such complication that can arise is uterine rupture resulting from medical negligence.
A uterine rupture occurs when the walls of the uterus tear during labor. Such a tear usually occurs at the site of a previous surgery incision, such as that of a previous C-section or a fibroid surgery incision. Women who face the highest risk of uterine rupture include:
- previous C-section
- external cephalic version
- previous injuries due to use of forceps
- multiple pregnancies
- prolonged labor
- carrying multiple babies
- previous surgeries or injuries to the uterine area
Obstetric Malpractice and Negligence
While uterine injuries are not always a result of negligence or obstetric malpractice, it is the sole responsibility of the medical practitioner to caution a woman in labor of all the possible risks she can be exposed to during childbirth. In addition, doctors need to be extremely vigilant and monitor any signs that could indicate fetal distress caused due to a uterine rupture. Following are the signs that indicate a uterine rupture.
- abnormal fetal heart rate
- vaginal bleeding
- discontinued labor progress
- increased or rapid pulse rate
- symptoms indicating shock
Women with previous C-sections need proper monitoring during labor. Failure to do so can result in a delayed diagnosis leading to uterine ruptures, putting both the mother and the baby at risk. Failure to diagnose can also lead to:
- shock due to excess loss of blood
- removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)
- lack of oxygen supply to the baby
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
A woman who suffers a uterine rupture during childbirth due to suspected medical negligence should contact a Chicago birth injury lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.