Uterine ruptures are relatively uncommon, but that is of little comfort when it is your child who died as a result of a uterus rupture. When it is your baby you may be left with a lot of questions, the most important of which is whether your baby’s life could’ve been saved.
Uterine Rupture Is a Medical Emergency
While a uterine rupture is a medical emergency, there are risk factors and physical symptoms that reasonable doctors should anticipate. For example:
- A previous C-section could increase the chances of a uterine rupture.
- Having many children could increase the chances of uterine rupture.
- Significant abdominal pain could be a sign of a uterine rupture.
- Changes in fetal heartbeat could indicate that the baby is in distress and/or that there is a problem with the uterus that requires emergency medical treatment.
If you, or the baby’s mother, were at risk of suffering a uterine rupture and/or exhibited symptoms of a uterine rupture that a reasonable doctor would’ve been able to diagnose and treat, then the failure to diagnose or treat the uterine rupture could be considered medical malpractice. You may have the right to recover damages for the death of your child.
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