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Childbirth Injuries to the Mother

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One of the happiest times in a couple’s life is the birth of their child. After nine months of waiting and planning, the time finally arrives. As a woman is giving birth, her focus is entirely on the safety and well-being of the baby. We hear so many tragic stories about childbirth injuries to infants, but women should also be aware that there are a great many injuries that happen to the mother – and many have long-term consequences.

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There are procedures and processes in place that all medical personnel should follow before, during, and after delivery to ensure that both mother and baby are safe. But these precautions are not always adhered to and the result can be serious injury to the mother. Some of these preventable injuries include:

  • Failed cesarean surgery;
  • Fractures;
  • Hemorrhaging or heavy uterine bleeding;
  • Incorrect suturing;
  • Infections;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia;
  • Rupture of the uterus; and
  • Vaginal fissures, lacerations, and tears.

Many of these injuries can have long-term, if not lifetime, effects on a woman’s life. Hemorrhaging after delivery can cause a woman’s blood pressure to drop. If that drop goes unnoticed, the mother can suffer a heart attack or stroke, leaving her with permanent possible permanent brain damage or even death.

Uterine injuries can have devastating consequences, leaving a woman without bladder control and painful sex. These injuries often have a significant impact on a woman’s life – affecting her relationship with her partner, her self-esteem, and overall quality of life.

Contact a North Carolina Birth Injury Attorney Today

If you have suffered a preventable injury while giving birth, contact a skilled North Carolina birth injury attorney today to discuss what legal options you may have. Our legal team has helped many victims who have suffered preventable childbirth injuries and will use all available resources to get you the compensation you deserve.

Our Carolinas medical malpractice firm also has extensive experience in aggressively advocating for other victims of preventable medical mistakes. If you or a family member sustained an injury or illness as a result of a preventable medical mistake, please contact our office today. It is important to remember that under North Carolina law, there is a statute of limitations to how long a victim has to file an injury claim and once that time has expired, there is usually no other legal recourse.

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