Childbirth can be an amazing and joyous occasion. It can also be fatal and leave families and individuals permanently scarred. One particularly deadly complication that isn’t discussed often enough is a uterine rupture. A uterine rupture is, as the name implies, a rupture that occurs in the uterus. Because your body is under so much strain during childbirth, sometimes the uterus can tear. This can be completely unavoidable, or it can be the result of medical neglect and malpractice on the part of the medical professionals involved.
What causes a uterine rupture?
As mentioned above, a uterine rupture can be unavoidable or it can be caused by the actions of a medical professional. Using improper tools during the birth, for example, making an error during a cesarean birth, or pushing on a mother’s stomach too hard can all lead to a uterine rupture. Some symptoms to watch out for include:
- Fetal distress
- Uterine baseline pressure decrease
- Change in an infant’s heart rate
- Hemorrhaging/bleeding out
- Sudden abdominal pain
- Uterus failing to contract
- Infant’s head receding into the mother’s body
A uterine rupture is medical emergency for both mother and child, and can lead to life-threatening and permanent injuries like heavy bleeding, hypovolemic shock, postpartum anemia, a lack of oxygen to the infant, and even death.
If you or someone you love were injured by a uterine rupture during childbirth, you need an attorney in Columbus, OH, who understands how to present your case. I’ve been passionately representing clients for nearly four decades, and I know how to work with you during this overwhelming time. Contact me today for more information. I’ll Make Them Pay!®