A mother may be diagnosed with cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) if the labor fails to progress. In essence, it occurs when the infant's head is too large or the mother's pelvis is too small, making it impossible for the head to emerge.
CPD may be caused by having an unusually large baby due to diabetes, postmaturity or hereditary issues. It may also occur due to the baby's position in the birth canal or the shape of the mother's pelvis.
Regardless of the cause, medical professionals have the duty to take appropriate action to protect the health and safety of both the mother and the child. At the law firm of Hampton & King, our lawyers bring more than 35 years of experience to birth trauma cases. Founder Hartley Hampton is certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
When Doctors Fail To Take Appropriate Action
Obstetricians and other medical personnel may make a variety of mistakes in diagnosing or treating CPD. Here are a few potential examples of negligence:
- Failing to accurately read ultrasounds and understand the approximate size of the child in relation to the size of the mother's pelvis
- Failure to order a C-section when the mother or baby is in danger from a labor that fails to progress
- Attempting to pull the baby through a too-small pelvis, resulting in hypoxia, pelvic injury or other harm
- Using too much Pitocin or other labor-inducing drugs, which can lead to uterine rupture
If you or your child was harmed by medical negligence related to cephalopelvic disproportion, turn to Hampton & King We are fully prepared to pursue the full amount of compensation that you need. Contact our Houston attorneys at 713-574-8660 or via email to schedule a no-cost consultation today.