Some labors are fast. Others are not. Yet, there are times when prolonged labor can be very dangerous for both mother and baby. Although there are many reasons why a prolonged labor can occur, it’s up to the medical professionals to make decisions, including the decision to perform an emergency C-section, that are in the best interest of the mother and the child.
If you or your child were injured because of prolonged labor, you should make an appointment to speak with a Washington, D.C. birth injury attorney. You may have a claim for medical malpractice. At LawMD, our prolonged labor lawyers have a proven track record of success, having secured millions of dollars on behalf of children, mothers, and families who suffered due to a doctor’s negligence. We are confident that we can help you, too.
Contact us online or call (888) 695-2963 for a free consultation. Based in Washington, D.C., our firm represents clients across the nation.
What Is Prolonged Labor?
Prolonged labor is medically defined as labor that continues for 24 hours after the water breaks. There are many risks associated with prolonged labor, and it is important that the medical professionals involved take the steps necessary to protect the health of the mom and the baby.
Why Does Prolonged Labor Happen?
Sometimes a woman’s water breaks naturally. Other times, such as during labor induction using Pitocin, a medical professional will break the water to try and move along the labor process. Sometimes, the baby gets stuck in the birth canal. There are times when the baby is breech, which causes labor to take longer.
The most important thing is that both the mother and child are properly monitored and that an emergency C-section takes place in a timely manner. Otherwise, permanent injuries or death could occur. If you suspect that medical negligence caused a birth injury during your prolonged labor, a qualified birth injury attorney can help evaluate your claim.
What Are the Risks of Prolonged Labor?
Prolonged labor can be a danger for mom and baby. When the water breaks, the baby is more at risk of developing an infection or suffering oxygen deprivation if he or she is not born relatively soon thereafter. Oxygen deprivation can cause cerebral palsy, brain damage, damage to major organs, and developmental delays. Mothers can struggle with internal bleeding, a ripped cervix, and infection. This is why it is imperative that medical professionals continue to monitor prolonged labor situations for signs of distress.
If your baby suffers a birth injury because of prolonged labor, you will become your child’s advocate for education, nutrition, multiple therapies, medications, and other lifelong medical and professional intervention. These services are not cheap. A Washington, D.C. birth injury attorney at LawMD can help hold the medical professionals accountable and help you get the money that your child will require because of their needs.
Consult an Experienced Prolonged Labor Lawyer in Washington, D.C.
LawMD has a solid track record of success. We are experienced legal advocates that can help you work to get the compensation that your family needs and deserves. We provide our representation on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no up-front costs for you. We are paid when we successfully settle or litigate your claim.
LawMD helps the families of those who have suffered permanent birth injuries because of prolonged labor. We have attorneys who also licensed and board-certified medical professionals, making us well-equipped to handle both the legal and medical aspects of your claim. In addition to our experienced and compassionate physician-attorneys, we also have medical doctors on staff who help our attorney evaluate your potential claim.
We offer free initial consultations for birth injury and medical malpractice claims. Call us at (888) 695-2963 to make your appointment.