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 labor induction and/or Pitocin errors during labor induction, you need to make an appointment to speak with an experienced Washington, D.C. birth injury lawyer.
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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 is 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 simply by asking the mother-to-be 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 LawMD. Our birth injury lawyers serve Washington, D.C. and all of the United States.
Injuries Caused By Pitocin Errors
As stated above, Pitocin is a hormone that helps induce labor.
However, when it is improperly administered and not monitored, the mother could experience:
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Ruptured uterus
- Placental abruption
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 a Washington, D.C. birth injury attorney at LawMD.
Our physician-attorneys combine experience and compassion to provide zealous representation of families injured by Pitocin errors. LawMD also has medical doctors on staff to help our lawyer evaluate claims and protect families just like yours.
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