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During a vaginal delivery, there is a standard that should be followed for the normal progression of labor and delivery. A timeline has been established by medical preofessionals in order to protect the health of both mother and baby. If labor is prolonged, birth injuries can occur. If a physician fails to monitor, detect, or treat a situation, he or she should be held accountable for any injuries that ensue.
While each birth is unique, there are established vaginal birth stages that are considered normal and standard. Normal labor begins with uterine contractions, that progress into dilation and effacement. There is an early phase, an active phase and a transition phase that make up this first stage of labor. The second stage is pushing and birth through the birth canal.
If labor stalls or is too slow, this is referred to as “failure to progress” or prolonged labor. This is determined by the stage labor is in and whether or not the cervix has thinned and opened correctly. If a baby is not born after 20 or more hours of regular contractions, this is prolonged labor.
There are basically 2 reasons why labor doesn't progress normally, it is either due to contractions that are not strong enough, or due to mechanical difficulties. During labor a baby should be in the up and down position, the baby's body should be parallel with the mothers spine. To exit the mother smoothly, the baby should be head down, facing the mother's back. If there is a change in this normal position, prolonged labor can occur. These positions include:
However, the most common reason for prolonged labor is due to problems with contractions. Some women do not develop contractions that are strong enough to push the baby out, or the contractions do not get into a regular rhythm and cannot dilate the cervix.
If a physician fails to detect, monitor or treat the signs and symptoms of prolonged labor, it can cause a birth injury to both the mother and baby. Some of the risks to the baby associated with prolonged labor include:
Some of the risks for the mother include:
It is essential for the medical staff to properly monitor the mother and baby during labor and delivery. When a doctor or medical professional fails to detect, monitor or treat a prolonged labor situation correctly and a birth injury occurs, he or she should be held responsible.
The severity of birth injuries can vary from something minor like bruising to something life altering and permanent like cerebral palsy. The attorneys are Willens Law Offices are experienced at many types of birth injuries.
If you or your child was injured due to prolonged labor, contact the Willens Law Offices today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. Coping with the cost of a birth related injury can devastating. This financial burden is isn’t one you should have to carry.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
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