A Large Fetus Is a Known Risk Factor

by | Jun 27, 2014 | Birth Injury, Firm News, Medical Malpractice |


During your pregnancy, medical professionals have the responsibility to
look for signs of trouble, including large fetal size. Doctors should
be able predict when a mother will give birth to a baby that is larger
than normal and should act accordingly.

The baby’s size should be carefully monitored before birth via sonograms
and checkups to determine if action is needed. Birth by cesarean section
may be necessary to avoid the likelihood of serious complications that
can happen when a too-large baby is delivered vaginally.

There are many signs that doctors and other health care providers can look for:

  • A history of having large children
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sonogram showing large fetus size

Doctors should also take preventive steps to mitigate fetal growth, make
sure that additional resources are available in the event of an emergency
and carefully monitor the infant for signs of stress.

When doctors fail to note the signs of large fetal size or when they fail
to act to prevent harm, they can be held accountable for their medical
negligence. While not every birth injury is preventable, our investigations
often show that negligent actions usually lead to the injury. At The Lancione
Law Firm, in Cleveland, Ohio, we hold doctors accountable for the harm
they cause pregnant mothers and their babies.

Gestational Diabetes Can Increase The Size Of A Fetus

If gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy, the levels of blood
sugar in the mother’s system increase. As the pregnancy progresses
the sugars that the baby does not use for normal growth and development
are stored as fat and the result is a baby that is larger than may be
safely delivered.

Shoulder Dystocia Is Foreseeable With Larger Babies

Shoulder dystocia is a brachial plexus injury that occurs in a small percentage
of all births and is often caused by medical malpractice. Doctors’
negligence occurs when the infant’s shoulder becomes lodged in the
pelvic bone, and they fail to perform one or more well-known maneuvers
to free the shoulder before the baby becomes injured.

Shoulder dystocia is especially foreseeable when babies have high birth
weights. In fact, infants weighing more than 8 pounds at birth are five
times more likely to suffer shoulder dystocia during birth than a child
weighing less.

The Lancione Law Firm is located in Cleveland, Ohio, and combines the work
of a father-son team. We use more than 60 years of combined experience
to achieve the best possible results for our clients. Our thorough approach
and history of multimillion-dollar results has helped us develop a stellar

Your Baby’s Weight Does Not Excuse Malpractice. Call Us And Learn More

We invite you to call our Rocky River office at 440-571-6862 or
send us your information to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients
in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities
throughout Ohio.



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