Errors in Inducing Labor / Pitocin Errors

Too Much, or For Too Long, or Both

Pitocin is a pharmaceutical drug (a synthetic imitation of the natural hormone oxytocin) used to start labor, or to induce or accelerate contractions during the birthing process. The primary benefits are: 1) It allows a woman to experience natural child birth as opposed to having a C-section, and 2) It can speed up the labor and delivery process considerably.

When administered correctly and monitored carefully, the drug works and all is well. However, when too much Pitocin is used, or when it is used for too long, or both — the corresponding decrease in uterine blood flow may reduce the baby's oxygen to the point where permanent birth-related injuries such as cerebral palsy or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occur.

At Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, we represent people in Illinois, Wisconsin, and throughout the United States who have been harmed as the result of Pitocin errors. Our firm has a full-time registered nurse on staff, a complete medical library and lawyers committed to understanding the medicine behind these cases so that we can present the strongest case possible and challenge any medical experts who may testify against our clients.

What Are the Risks?

Whenever Pitocin is used, electronic fetal monitoring becomes an absolute necessity for both mother and child.

Pitocin's primary risk to unborn babies comes from the decreases in blood supply and oxygen levels that accompany its use. When not monitored carefully, this can lead to various types of hypoxic or anoxic birth injuries, including cerebral palsy.

Some of the mother-specific risks involved with the use of Pitocin include more painful contractions (something that often means taking pain medications during labor as well), uterine rupture and water intoxication. Pitocin can also cause premature laceration of the cervix or post-birth hemorrhaging.

In a recent case in which Pitocin was used and a baby was born with cerebral palsy — our attorneys successfully established medical negligence as the cause of that birth injury and secured $11 million in compensation for the family.

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Contact Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices

If Pitocin was used during the delivery of your child and an unexpected, bad medical outcome was the result — talk to us. We offer free consultations and can provide you with a detailed, honest assessment of your potential claims. To start the process, just call 888-396-3914 or contact us online.

We can talk by phone; meet with you at our offices in Chicago, Illinois, or Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or travel to meet with you at a more convenient location throughout the United States.

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