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Protracted Labor is a Cause of Many Birth Injuries in Kentucky

Having a baby – from the initial pregnancy to the labor and delivery – is a continual learning process. You learn what you can eat, what you can drink and what activities you can do while pregnant. Then you are informed of the potential risks and complications associated with pregnancy and delivery. It is enough information to make you feel like your head is spinning.

Among the many things you must know about having a baby is protracted labor. Protracted labor is defined as labor that is longer than normal. It occurs because of a slow rate of cervical dilation and delayed descent of the baby’s head. While it might seem like a simple problem, it can lead to brain injury and fetal distress. Either one of these scenarios can result in lifelong complications, even death.

Your Doctor Must Take Action

It is imperative that your doctor takes action immediately if he or she suspects that your child is in danger. Failing to act promptly can ultimately lead to birth trauma. Babies have been known to suffer from:

  • Delayed C-section
  • Misuse of labor inducing drugs
  • Failure to properly monitor the baby
  • Fetal misrepresentation, such as breech position

Sadly, birth injuries occur more than you would probably believe. If your child has been injured at the hands of your doctor, you may be able to hold that medical provider liable. That means you may be entitled to damages for your child’s injuries.

Work with an Experienced Attorney

Keep in mind that birth injury cases are complex and each one has its own set of unique factors. It is therefore crucial that you work with a birth injury lawyer who understands the complexities of birth injury lawsuits and can help you build a strong case.

To learn more or to get answers to your questions, contact an experienced Kentucky birth injury attorney at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.  We have been representing families of injured children in Kentucky and Ohio for over 35 years.

We have written extensively on birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. View the articles below to learn more:

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