Uterine rupture is an extremely serious medical condition wherein the uterine wall may be weakened or may even rupture during labor or delivery, causing the fetus and placenta to be forced out into the mother's abdomen. Although uterine rupture is uncommon, it may be a risk for women who have had prior surgery on the uterus, such as a prior c-section. It may also be a factor to be aware of if a mother has already had 5 or more pregnancies or is pregnant with more than one child, such as twins or triplets. Abnormal position of the baby and labor-inducing drugs may also put a mother at an increased risk of uterine rupture.
There are particular signs that a doctor should look for that may indicate uterine rupture, and in these situations it will be absolutely essential for the doctor to act quickly to perform a c-section. A failure to diagnose uterine rupture or a delayed c-section may lead to serious brain damage or even the loss of the baby's life. Symptoms of uterine rupture may include severe and localized abdominal pain or abnormalities in the fetal heartbeat right before the rupture occurs.
Contact a Los Angeles Birth Injury Lawyer
Did your OB/GYN or obstetrician act negligently during childbirth, leading to an undiagnosed uterine rupture? Did your doctor fail to recommend a c-section even though you already had one in the past? There may be many ways that negligence or medical malpractice may be linked to injuries or the loss of a baby due to uterine rupture.
By contacting a Los Angeles birth injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group, you can get more information about your particular case and your potential legal options. With our help, you may have the opportunity to hold the responsible doctor liable for his or her carelessness.
If you or a family member were the victim of uterine rupture, contact a Los Angeles birth injury attorney at our firm today to discuss your legal options.