Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle medical malpractice cases involving uterine rupture injuries. A uterine rupture during pregnancy or labor can be a very serious condition and can affect a child throughout his or her lifetime. There are occasions in which an injury from a uterine rupture could have been prevented with prompt recognition by the medical providers and urgent medical care. When a doctor or hospital is negligent in treating a uterine rupture and a child the baby or mother is harmed, this can give rise to a child birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit.
Uterine Rupture Facts
One of the worst complications of pregnancy is the rupture of the uterus. The term uterine rupture is used for any of a series of events, from a weak spot in uterine wall to the tearing open of the uterus and the fetus, extruding a lot of blood into mother’s abdomen. If the rupture occurs during the labor and delivery period, the baby can recede back into the birth canal. When this happens, the baby can go into fetal distress and it is necessary to perform an emergency c-section.
Risk of Uterine Rupture
Most uterine ruptures are without symptoms, and cause no problems for the fetus or mother. In the severe form of uterine rupture, however, the mother may hemorrhage and need blood transfusion. The uterus may not even be repairable, and must be removed surgically. The baby might not survive due to the lack of oxygen, and at times, even the mother’s life cannot be saved. If the baby does survive, he or she may have suffered a serious brain injury due to the lack of oxygen.
Signs of Uterine Rupture
Severe uterine rupture is indicated by extreme, localized pain and abnormalities shown in the heart rate of the fetus. There can be vaginal bleeding, with the vaginal examination showing the baby not as low in the birth canal as he had been previously. If diagnosed during labor, emergency cesarean is performed. The baby’s life is usually saved. If occurred outside the healthcare settings, it is likely to lead to very serious consequences.
Prevention of Uterine Rupture
Severe pain in the abdomen should be reported to the physician immediately. Women who are at risk for uterine rupture should have regular medical check-ups. Those who have experienced major uterine surgeries should schedule for a cesarean only.
When a woman suffers a uterine rupture as a result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital, or nursing staff, it may give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is necessary to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review the records so that a determination can be made as to whether the mother and child are entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Contact a Michigan Uterine Rupture Lawyer
If a doctor or hospital fails to recognize the signs and symptoms of a uterine rupture and the mother or baby suffers an injury as a result, you should contact our Michigan birth injury lawyers immediately. We will obtain all of your medical records and have them reviewed by our medical experts. If our medical team determines that you received improper medical care, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking all damages allowed under Michigan law. We will represent you and your child under our No Fee Promise, which means we charge no legal fees or costs unless we win you a settlement. Call now!