A Large Fetus Is a Known Risk Factor
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
- 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 reputation.
Your Baby’s Weight Does Not Excuse Malpractice. Call Us And Learn More
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