Despite advances in medical technology, thousands of mothers and babies are injured during childbirth every single year.
Uterine ruptures are one of the most common, and most serious, birth injuries. The term describes the tearing of the uterine wall during childbirth. Severe complications often follow uterine rupture. The mother may experience severe bleeding, which can cause the baby to suffocate in the womb. In rare cases, uterine rupture is fatal to both the mother and the baby.
Even if both parties survive, they may be left with permanent disabilities. The Mother could suffer permanent damage to her uterus, rendering her unable to sustain future pregnancies; babies are often left with impaired cognitive function, a product of oxygen deprivation.
What Causes Uterine Ruptures?
Women with prior c-sections are most at risk for uterine rupture. The scar tissue along the surgical site is left weaker than the surrounding area. During childbirth, the pressure of the baby moving through the birth canal can cause this tissue to fray and eventually tear.
- Other uterine rupture risk factors include:
- Congenital or genetic uterine abnormalities
- Abdominal trauma
- Previous uterine surgical procedures
Uterine Rupture Legal Claims
There are instances in which uterine rupture is unavoidable – even if the doctor adheres to established standards of care, a rupture can occur because of an unidentified medical condition.
However, some uterine ruptures are preventable. They occur only because the doctor failed to perform due diligence and follow established standards of care. If substandard medical care leads to uterine rupture, a medical negligence claim can be filed against the doctor. A successful claim may result in a financial award, known as damages, that compensates the mother for the injuries suffered by her and her baby.
Damages may be granted for:
- Medical care
- Lost Wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
Contact a Kane County Medical Malpractice Attorney
At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. we work rigorously to vindicate victims’ rights. We are experienced in handling all kinds of medical malpractice cases. Our dedicated attorneys have taken on deep-pocketed corporations, going the extra mile for the client.
If you are looking for an Aurora birth injury lawyer that fights for their clients, call Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. today at 630-907-0909 for a free initial consultation.