I’m sorry to hear about your injury during childbirth. If you were harmed as a result of taking Pitocin or another drug, you may have a legal right to compensation for your damages. You should speak with a Houston medical malpractice attorney to learn more.
Many experts believe that Pitocin is potentially dangerous to mother and child. Pitocin is a synthetic version of oxytocin, which is a hormone that is released during labor to start contractions. Pitocin is used in cases where labor needs to be induced or additional contractions are needed. There are serious risks to using Pitocin, so many believe it should only be used in circumstances where it is necessary.
When Pitocin is used, the mother and the child should both be monitored for distress. If the drug is given in too large of a dose, or if the mother is not monitored correctly, the mother can suffer uterine rupture, hemorrhage, cardiac arrythmia, and other consequences. An overdose of Pitocin can also affect an unborn baby. Pitocin can slow the child’s heartbeat, cause liver failure, reduce oxygen to the child, and more.
Unfortunately, Pitocin is often given when it is not truly necessary, which can leave a child or a mother with permanent injuries. If you or your child have been injured as a result of a problem with Pitocin, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.