I took Pitocin during childbirth and I was harmed. Can I sue for medical malpractice in Los Angeles?

You may be able to sue for medical malpractice if you were harmed by Pitocin during childbirth. Your legal options will vary based on the facts of your case. You should speak with a Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney to learn more.

Pitocin is a somewhat controversial drug. Many experts believe that it can be dangerous for the mother and child. Pitocin is a synthetic version of oxytocin, which is a hormone released during labor which starts contractions. Pitocin is administered in cases where labor needs to be artificially induced, or if additional contractions are needed. Some believe that Pitocin should only be used in circumstances in which it is absolutely necessary.

If a doctor does decide to use Pitocin, the mother and the child should both be carefully monitored. The mother can suffer hemorrhage, cardiac arrythmia, uterine rupture, or other consequences if the dose is too large or if she is not properly monitored. An unborn baby can suffer medical problems as well – Pitocin can slow a child’s heartbeat, reduce oxygen to the child, cause liver failure, and can result in other problems.

Pitocin is often given when it is not really needed, which can increase the odds that a mother or child will be harmed. If you or your child have suffered injuries as a result of the use of Pitocin, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.