Washington D.C. Injured Mother Attorneys
Birth injuries to the mother from poor obstetrical care at the time of labor and delivery can take many forms. Injury to the mother can be caused by direct action or by failing to test for or treat a dangerous condition.
Injuries to Mothers During Pregnancy & Childbirth
One such life threatening condition is the uterine infection known as chorioamnionitis. Chorioamnionitis can actually be caused by the obstetrician’s manipulation of the cervix late in pregnancy. Group B streptococcal (GBS) infection may be present in the mother. “Membrane stripping” to bring on labor can compromise the cervical membrane and allow bacteria to invade the uterus.
Failure to perform a cervical culture at the time of labor to determine if the mother is a strep carrier and therefore failing to provide the mother with antibiotics could allow the baby to become infected with GBS during labor or at the time of delivery.
Another example of obstetrical negligence causing injuries to a mother is the failure to identify placental abnormalities such as placenta previa and placenta acretia. If these abnormal conditions are not recognized and the doctor fails to take appropriate steps during and after childbirth, both mother and baby are at risk.
- Placenta previa describes a placenta that blocks the baby’s descent through the cervix
- Placenta acretia describes an unusual adherence of the placenta to the uterine wall which, if forcibly removed after delivery of the baby, results in sudden, difficult to control bleeding that is life-threatening to the mother.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in childbirth and you believe that medical negligence was at fault, get answers. Contact a birth injury and medical malpractice lawyer at the law office of Trombly & Singer, PLLC.
We have handled a wide range of obstetrical malpractice and medical negligence cases, including:
- Obstetricians and midwives failing to offer elective c-section to mothers in labor when complications would have made c-section a safer and reasonable alternative to vaginal delivery
- Uterine rupture of VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section) mothers because an obstetrician failed to perform a c-section
- Uterine rupture as a result of the obstetrician’s off label (and dangerous) use of Cytotec or other Mistoprostol agents to induce labor
Contact one of our experienced birth injury lawyers to talk about your situation. You can schedule an initial consultation either on the phone or in person at our Washington, DC office. If we think you may have a case, we will undertake a thorough investigation and will pursue a legal case for you. Every birth injury case we handle is on a contingency fee basis so that we receive payment for our work only if and when we have obtained money for you.
Our lawyers work with clients who have claims involving injuries to mothers in Washington, D.C., Baltimore City, throughout Maryland including Prince George’s County, and, with the assistance of local counsel, in Virginia and other jurisdictions. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation with a Washington DC maternal birth injury lawyer.