Drug-Related Negligence

Birth injuries vary in degrees of severity. Some children might have attention-related disorders that don’t become evident until the school age years, and some children might have more severe birth injuries that are related to cerebral palsy, paralysis, permanent brain damage, and even death.

When your child is diagnosed with a birth injury –whether it be mild or severe- perhaps the most common and prevalent question is “How could this happen?” Parents want to place blame on themselves, thinking that maybe they didn’t do something right, or that they didn’t prepare appropriately. The truth is that sometimes these birth injuries happen not at the fault of the parents, but at the fault of the medical providers.

Anesthesia-Related Negligence

There is always a risk when anesthesia is used. The anesthesiologist should know better than to give the wrong amount to the mother or to the baby, but it happens. In addition, the anesthesiologist should know that there are different kinds of anesthesia for different patients, and the doctor should be monitoring the patient (whether it’s the pregnant mother or the baby by his or herself) to keep an eye on the vital signs.

Anesthesia-related negligence could happen to the mother is she is pregnant and having some kind of procedure done (usually an emergency as surgery isn’t recommended for pregnant women), if the mother is put under anesthesia for a c-section, or if there is something wrong with the baby and the baby is put under anesthesia right at birth.

Epidural

Your doctor should have warned you that an epidural can occasionally affect the baby. While an epidural is an extremely popular pain reliever for mothers, there are various risks to both mother and baby.

Babies who were born after the mother had an epidural are at the very least 2 to 6 times more likely to have high fevers. Mothers are at risk for long-term back problems, low blood pressure, severe headaches, and permanent nerve damage.

Correct Dosage at the Correct Time to the Correct Patient

Birth injuries are known to happen when too much of the drug is administered during labor. Sometimes the nurse administers too much Oxytocin to the mother during labor, and sometimes the problem is an experimental drug called Cytotec (also known as Pitocin). This drug is not approved by the FDA, but some doctors and nurses will still use it because it works to ripen the cervix and to help promote labor. Birth injuries are known to be related to this drug, especially when too much of it has been administered to the mother. No drugs should be given too much or should be given too close to delivery.

Defective Equipment

A number of different medicine-administering machines could be used on the mother and the baby. Some machines are used to administer birth-related drugs to the mother, and some machines could be used on the baby to administer vaccinations. Sometimes too much of something is given, and sometimes a medicine is given at the wrong time. Both mistakes are usually because of the malfunction of the machine. If this happened to you and your child has suffered a birth injury to due a malfunctioning machine, your medical provider is still responsible for the injury as the machine is supposed to do their job for them –not injure your child.