When you are expecting a child, there are many concerns and issues that may cross your mind. The last thing that you should need to address, however, is injuries to your baby or you that result from a medical professional’s negligence. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston birth injury lawyers have guided numerous families through the litigation process and helped them secure the compensation that they deserve after a medical professional has failed to provide them with proper care and attention. There are many common conditions and problems that can occur during pregnancy and delivery, such as uterine rupture. If your child suffered injuries as a result of a uterine rupture that your medical professional failed to treat or diagnose, we are ready to help you take legal action. We know how stressful this situation can be, and we will ensure that you are treated with the sensitivity and discretion that you deserve.Uterine Ruptures Pose Serious Health Risks
Uterine rupture in a pregnancy is an uncommon but catastrophic complication that leads to fetal or maternal death in many situations. A uterine rupture occurs when there is a tear in the uterus’ wall. This often happens at the site where a woman previously underwent a Cesarean section. When a complete rupture occurs, the tear affects all layers of the uterine wall, resulting in substantially more dangerous and risky outcomes during the delivery process. There are many reasons that a uterine rupture may occur, including long periods of pushing or straining during delivery. If there is too much pressure on the mother’s abdomen, or a Cesarean incision is made at the improper location, a uterine rupture can result.
Some of the potential life-threatening outcomes of a uterine rupture include postpartum anemia, bladder injuries, shock resulting from loss of fluids, hemorrhage and severe blood loss to the mother, injuries to the baby resulting from lack of oxygen, and the need for a hysterectomy if the uterine wall cannot be repaired. If a uterine rupture occurs, it is considered in most cases to be a critical, life-threatening emergency. Doctors typically perform a C-section immediately to keep the baby safe and to repair the rupture. Most medical professionals who specialize in this field undergo training to deal with this situation in a timely and appropriate manner.Recovering Compensation for Medical Negligence Resulting in a Uterine Rupture
If a medical professional fails to provide you with the appropriate level of care and treatment, and your baby or you suffer injuries as a result, our attorneys can bring a medical malpractice claim against the defendant to recover compensation. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be very complex. There are many types of evidence that you must obtain, and your attorneys must usually work with at least one medical expert witness who can testify about how your physician failed to provide you with appropriate medical care. In general, medical professionals are required to treat each patient with the same practices and protocols that other medical professionals with similar training and experience would use in the same geographic area when diagnosing and treating a patient with similar demographics and medical conditions. A critical aspect of any medical malpractice claim is showing that the defendant’s failure to adhere to this standard of care was the cause of your injuries. This often involves defeating an argument by the defense that the injuries resulted from an unavoidable complication of the delivery process. As for damages, there are several items that you can recover from a negligent defendant, such as past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future earning capacity.Discuss Your Case With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in the Boston Area
Birth injuries are traumatic and life-changing for the entire family. We understand what you are enduring because we have handled many birth injury cases involving conditions such as uterine rupture, shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, and others on behalf of Massachusetts residents. Our experienced team of attorneys helps clients in cities such as Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield. To schedule your free consultation, call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online.