Prolonged labor can commonly lead to birth injuries. Typically, when labor lasts a long time, medical professionals must make decisions about minimizing the risk of injury to the mother and child. This may include using forceps or vacuum devices to deliver the child, giving the mother drugs to help with contractions, performing an emergency c-section, or taking other actions.
In most cases, prolonged delivery may cause complications that are minor and resolve on their own. However, in some cases the issues are more serious. The doctor may have failed to properly identify fetal distress, or the birth may not have been properly monitored at all.
The majority of injuries sustained during delivery are associated with prolonged delivery. Prolonged delivery can be evidence of a more serious complication. The child may be too large or in a bad position. The contractions may not be long or strong enough to deliver the child. As a result, the child may not have enough oxygen, the placenta could detach, the umbilical cord could compress, or a number of other issues could arise. The use of forceps or an emergency c-section can also contribute to serious injuries.
If your child was injured during birth, and if you believe that the injuries were caused by medical professionals, you should speak with an attorney. An attorney can examine the details of your case, and can help advise you on the best course of action. We can help. Call us today to learn more about your situation.