Dangers of Prolonged Labor | Charles Thronson

Dangers of Prolonged Labor

October 18, 2021

What Is Prolonged Labor?

Labor is the process where a mother gives birth to a baby, where the baby and placenta exit from the uterus during childbirth. Prolonged labor refers to a slower-than-normal birthing process for a mother and newborn. Prolonged labor is also known as failure to progress. A mother may experience prolonged labor during delivery for several reasons, including:

  • The baby or the baby’s head is too big for the mother
  • The baby is in an incorrect position during childbirth
  • From an epidural

Prolonged labor can require a delivery doctor to use a device such as a vacuum or a forceps to complete the delivery of a baby. These measures can be dangerous and can result in medical malpractice. If something goes wrong during this process, the newborn can suffer various birth injuries.

What Birth Injuries Are Associated with Prolonged Labor?

Prolonged labor can cause several different types of birth injuries or even death. Some of the most common risks include:

  • Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Dystocia (awkward position of the fetus)
  • Fractures
  • Paralysis

These and other injuries can occur from prolonged labor during childbirth. These birthing injuries can be financially and emotionally draining, as a newborn can require significant care to live and function normally. In some cases, newborns are unable to function normally from their birth injuries.

What Type of Compensation is Available for a Birth Injury from Prolonged Labor?

If a newborn suffers a birth injury from prolonged labor, then several types of compensation are available. Things such as medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy can be compensated for in a birth injury claim or lawsuit. Make sure you act fast, as there is a two-year statute of limitations to file a birth injury lawsuit in Utah. If you have questions about birth injuries, then call us so we can help.

Get Professional Assistance

If you believe that your child is the victim of a birth injury that occurred during labor, birth, or delivery, contact us so you can speak with an experienced professional.

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