My uterus ruptured during labor and my baby suffered HIE. Could this be the result of medical malpractice?

Yes. You may be able to file a lawsuit for your child’s birth injuries if a doctor failed to recognize and treat the signs and symptoms associated with a uterine rupture during pregnancy or labor. Uterine rupture occurs when the wall of the uterus tears. The tear may be small, or it can be a complete rupture where the baby spills into the mother’s abdominal cavity.  A ruptured uterus is considered an obstetrical emergency as it is life-threatening for both mother and child.   


Signs of a Ruptured Uterus

Signs of uterine rupture during pregnancy and labor include bleeding, abdominal or chest pain, and falling blood pressure in the mother. The baby may also show signs of uterine rupture by an abnormal fetal heart rate showing on fetal monitoring strips.

Signs of fetal distress indicate that the baby is not getting enough oxygen and should be delivered via emergency C-section immediately. Injuries associated with uterine rupture are often due to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or birth asphyxia, wherein the baby does not receive enough oxygen. This can cause permanent brain damage and disabilities such as cerebral palsy, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and seizures.

Uterine Rupture

Legal Help for Uterine Rupture and HIE

If you experienced a uterine rupture during pregnancy or labor due to a doctor’s failure to recognize signs and symptoms, you should contact a birth injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.  If your child was diagnosed with HIE, you should contact a law firm that focuses on this area.  The attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have been helping children affected by HIE for over three decades and are very skilled at handling the complex issues involved with HIE medical malpractice cases.

Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as being one of the best medical malpractice firms in the nation.  The attorneys at ABC Law Centers have won numerous awards for their advocacy of children and are members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ). Please contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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Video: Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Lawyers Talk about Uterine Rupture & HIE

In this video, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) lawyers Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh discuss the causes of and treatments for HIE. Negligence by the medical team, including failure to quickly deliver a baby after a uterine rupture, can cause HIE.