During labor, expectant mothers naturally produce the hormone oxytocin, which causes them to start having contractions, and moves the labor and delivery process along. However, when labor is stalled or moving slowly, the medical team may decide to administer Pitocin. Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin, and is used as an aid in child birth, to stimulate contractions. However, its improper use may lead to serious complications to the mother and child. These situations may warrant investigation and result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Improper administration may include providing a dose that is too low or one that is too high, or the failure to properly monitor the mother and infant once the dose has been given. When complications arise, the child may be deprived of oxygen and suffer a brain injury with permanent brain damage. In these instances, the family may be required to pay for a life time of medical expenses and therapy. If this is the result of a medical error by the medical staff, filing a birth injury or medical malpractice lawsuit may be possible in order to recover damages for the physical and emotional injuries caused by the malpractice.
For more information, or if you believe your child has suffered a birth injury, please contact the experienced Los Angeles birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.