Cephalopelvic disproportion is the result of a discrepancy in the size of a mother’s pelvis in relation to the size of her unborn child’s head. The size of the baby’s head presents a danger to both the child and the mother as the head is often too large to fit through the birth canal. When doctors cause birth injuries through the improper administration of medicines or use of birth equipment, the child is often affected for the rest of his or her life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent clients throughout Illinois whose children have sustained birth injuries due to negligence or medical malpractice.
Complications Due to Cephalopelvic Disproportion
Prolonged labor is the primary result of cephalopelvic disproportion and can be the cause of fetal distress and any injuries that result. Pressure from repeated contractions, assisted delivery equipment or medications prescribed to increase the frequency and strength of the contractions can all contribute to or cause complications. Injuries that are often attributed to cephalopelvic disproportion include the following.
- Brain damage and neurological or developmental disorders.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Internal bleeding inside the brain that may contribute to other complications if not monitored and treated properly.
- Erb’s palsy.
- Trauma to the child or mother during birth.
Mismanagement of Cephalopelvic Disproportion
Doctors may attempt to deliver the child naturally with or without the assistance of devices or medications. Medicines used to increase the strength of contractions can cause more harm than good if it results in trauma to the child’s head. Many of the injuries that occur due to cephalopelvic disproportion can be prevented by ordering a cesarean section if labor has gone on for too long and the biggest mistake many doctors make is to allow labor to continue longer than is safe for the mother or the baby. The failure to act in time or to monitor the child and mother properly during prolonged labor is considered to be negligent medical malpractice if it can be proven that the doctor deviated from the standard of care.When to Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer
It is important to keep copies of all the medical records available regarding the birth of your child if there were any injuries to the child or mother during labor or delivery. The medical negligence attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can gather these records on your behalf at no cost if you are unsure who to contact or if you are having any trouble obtaining them. These records will allow us to determine if there was any error on part of the doctor or hospital staff and how strong your case would be if it were brought to court.
If you reside in Illinois and need more information on how to proceed or have questions about your rights, contact us today for a free consultation. We will fight on your behalf to recover every bit of compensation you are entitled to by law and if we are unable to do so, our services will be free of charge.