Pitocin Induced Birth Injury

Used to induce labor and decrease time between contractions, Pitocin is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring hormone oxytocin.

Pitocin has considerable benefits, but if doctors and medical staff do not take the necessary precautions when administering the drug, serious birth injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or cerebral palsy can follow. If you have a child who was injured at birth because of a doctor or hospital’s improper use of Pitocin, you may consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch may be able to help. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights and determine whether you are eligible to file a birth injury lawsuit.

What is Pitocin?

Pitocin acts like an extra dose of the naturally occurring hormone oxytocin. It reduces the time between contractions during delivery and produces contractions that are longer and more intense than normal, safely expediting the baby’s delivery. The drug, however, does have risks.

As Pitocin helps the mother have an increase in the intensity of contractions, it might also result in too much compression on the baby. Also, decreased time between contractions can possibly reduce the baby’s oxygen level.

The Risks of Pitocin

Generally speaking, Pitocin effectively and safely expedites labor and childbirth. However, the medication has also been linked to a number of negative outcomes including:

  • Stillbirth
  • Hemorrhaging in the mother post-birth
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Damage
  • Uterine rupture

Attending medical staff can limit the risks of Pitocin by carefully monitoring both mother and fetus for signs of fetal distress.  Medical negligence occurs when a fetal monitor is used improperly; staff fails to detect low oxygen levels in the fetus; delayed reaction on behalf medical personnel to respond to fetal distress; too much Pitocin is used.

Filing a Pitocin birth injury lawsuit

Pitocin is only meant to be used in circumstances when the benefits outweigh the risks.

There is viable reason to use Pitocin when a pregnancy is:

  • Complicated by health problems in the mother
  • There are signs of fetal distress
  • Labor is delayed
  • A sudden medical emergency appears

If it is used properly, Pitocin’s safety record is good. But mistakes with Pitocin can be costly and it is the family and the baby that have to pay the price if there is medical malpractice of mistakes on the part of the staff during labor.

Do you have a child that might be the victim of a Pitocin-related birth injury? If you suspect that your doctor or hospital made a mistake with Pitocin and cause the birth injury, the lawyers at Balkin & Eisbrouch can help. Let us apply our over 40 years of experience to your case. We can determine who is responsible for your child’s birth injuryand will do everything we can to make them pay.

There is no cost for a consultation and we receive no money unless you win compensation.