Prolonged Labor

There may be many doctors, nurses, nurses' aides, medical students and residents involved in a laboring mother's care, which creates the possibility for errors and negligence. If a shift change occurs during a long labor, there is potential for miscommunication between staff as well as other errors. In this situation, the mother and baby may suffer serious injuries due to medical malpractice.

If prolonged labor resulted in a birth injury, speak with a lawyer at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers in Syracuse. We have experience with complex birth injury cases. Our network of medical experts, life-care planners and economists will help us determine liability and the amount of your past and future losses. By working with our firm, your family's right to full and fair compensation will be protected.

Failure to Manage Labor And Delivery

Injuries or wrongful death may be caused during prolonged labor by such issues as:

  • Failure to monitor the condition of the mother and fetus
  • Failure to recognize and treat fetal distress
  • Oxygen deprivation and fetal hypoxia
  • Too much time in the birth canal
  • Failure to perform a C-section
  • Improper use of a vacuum or forceps

There are recognized standards of care for managing labor, including the time it takes to get a surgical team ready for an emergency C-section and the decision to induce labor. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines were revised in 2009 to state that elective induction of labor should occur only after 39 weeks of gestation, instead of the previous recommendation of 37 weeks.

ACOG guidelines also indicate that inducing labor with misoprostol is not recommended for women who have had a prior C-section because of the risk of uterine rupture.

Contact an Attorney to Discuss Birth Trauma Injuries

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