Medication Mistakes During Childbirth in Philadelphia
Many expectant mothers aim for a natural, drug-free birth. Because many medications cross the placenta to affect an unborn baby, mothers are usually reluctant to use medication during pregnancy or childbirth. In some cases, however, it’s necessary to use prescription drugs during labor and delivery.
Unfortunately, medication mistakes during childbirth can cause harm to both mothers and babies. If you took a dangerous drug during pregnancy, or you suffered harm during childbirth due to a medication mistake, you may be entitled to compensation.
At LawMD, our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers help mothers, babies, and families affected by medication mistakes during childbirth. Other medical malpractice firms rely on outside experts to assess their clients’ claims. Because many of the lawyers on our team are also doctors, we have the knowledge and medical background to evaluate your claim right here in our office. Our team includes pediatricians, surgeons, neonatologists, and perinatologists. We will work with you at every stage to ensure you get the money, justice, and peace of mind you deserve.
Types of Childbirth-Related Medication Mistakes
There are many different types of medication errors that can harm mothers and babies. Possible mistakes include:
- Medication mistakes during pregnancy. Certain medications can cause birth defects, low birth weight, and even severe disabilities in children when taken during the gestation period. In recent years, certain antidepressants have been identified as being harmful to babies during pregnancy. Even certain antibiotics can hurt babies if a doctor erroneously prescribes them to an expectant mother.
- Off-label uses of medications. In some cases, doctors use drugs in pregnant patients that are not designed to treat expectant mothers or pregnancy-related conditions.
Cytotec, which also goes by the name misoprostol, is one of the most controversial drugs used in pregnant patients. Designed to treat peptic ulcer disease, cytotec is not approved by the FDA for use in labor and delivery. However, many doctors still use it to induce labor, even though the drug has been linked to violent, unmanageable contractions that can cause the placenta to tear away from the wall of the uterus, causing brain injury to the baby, bleeding in the mother, and even death for both mother and baby.
Cytotec has also been a factor in numerous severe maternal hemorrhage cases, in which the mother must undergo a hysterectomy, prematurely ending a woman’s reproductive years. The FDA has even explicitly stated that no manufacturer of cytotec has sent the agency proof that the drug is safe for use during labor and delivery.
- Anesthesia mistakes. Although anesthesia is generally safe, anesthesia errors can lead to serious complications during childbirth. For example, doctors who misplace epidural or spinal anesthesia can cause infections, paralysis, and other serious health conditions in mothers.
Anesthesia errors can also cause trauma to an unborn baby. When anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists administer the wrong drugs, or the wrong doses of drugs, during childbirth, harmful medications can cross the placenta, causing injury to the baby.
Call Today to Talk to a Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer about Your Case
The birth of a new baby should be a time of joy, not sorrow. When doctors make medication errors, expectant mothers and their babies are the ones who pay the price. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to making sure victims of medical malpractice get the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one has experienced a medication mistake during childbirth, the Philadelphia birth injury and medical malpractice lawyers at LawMD can help. We offer free consultations, and a lawyer is available today to speak to you. Call 888-MY-LAWMD to discuss your case.