Labor Induction & Pitocin Errors
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When labor isn’t progressing quite like it should, doctors often decide to induce the expectant mother using a drug known as Pitocin. Pitocin has one job: to encourage the labor process. The problem? Sometimes doctors don’t use Pitocin appropriately or fetal distress takes place. If you or your baby suffered from a birth injury associated with a labor induction pitocin errors during labor induction, you need to make an appointment to speak with a Philadelphia birth injury lawyer.
What Is Pitocin?
Pitocin is also known as Oxytocin. It is a hormone that causes the uterus to contract. It is used to induce labor. If an expectant mother in in labor, but it’s not going as fast as expected, Pitocin is often given via IV. However, there are innate risks to both the mother and the unborn baby.
Labor Induced With Pitocin Must Be Monitored
When labor is induced with Pitocin, it is imperative that the labor progression be monitored. This isn’t done just by asking the mom how she’s feeling. Fetal monitors must be used to ensure the health and safety of the baby. The vital signs of the mother must also be carefully monitored for signs of distress. This is because Pitocin errors can cause irreversible injuries to the baby or to the mother.
Pitocin injuries can cause a lifetime of added medical expenses. To help get the compensation that you need, you should call The LawMD. We are birth injury lawyers serving Philadelphia.
Injuries Caused By Pitocin Errors
As stated above, Pitocin is a hormone. However, when it is improperly administered and not monitored, the mother could experience a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia, a ruptured uterus, placental abruption, and could suffer from a hemorrhage that leads to death.
Because Pitocin directly affects the labor process, the baby could suffer from liver damage or failure and could even develop permanent developmental and physical disabilities because of a lack of oxygen. Cerebral palsy is a very real concern when a baby does not get enough oxygen in the womb.
The Use of Pitocin Is Very Serious
The decision made by a doctor to use Pitocin during labor is very serious. It means that the mother and the baby must now get extra monitoring. If you or your child suffered an injury from the use of Pitocin, you should book a consultation with the Philadelphia birth injury attorneys with The LawMD.
Our team of lawyers combines experience and compassion to provide zealous representation of families injured by a Pitocin errors. The LawMD has medical doctors on staff to help our lawyers evaluate claims and protect families just like yours.
Call The LawMD
Make sure that you and your baby get the future care and the compensation that you deserve. The LawMD provides free consultations. Call us at 888-MY-LAWMD ( 888-695-2963 ) to schedule your appointment. There is no up-front fee if we take your case. You owe nothing unless we successfully settle or litigate your claim.