Doctors Are Extraordinary and Talented Professionals, But They Are Also Human
We trust our medical health care providers to help us when we are sick, injured, as well as during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. We trust that they know best, and are up-to-date on medical information and techniques. We also assume that if they are properly educated, licensed, and have a good track record with patients that they will provide the best of care us as well.
Unfortunately, medical professionals and midwives are human, and humans can and do make mistakes. When those mistakes are due to negligence and carelessness and result in an injury to a mother and/or her baby, there can be terrible consequences for both the baby and the mother. In these situations, you may be able to hold the provider accountable for their mistake so that you do not have to bear the financial burdens associated with the injury or your loss.
Standards of Care Change Over Time
As much as society as a whole benefits from the expertise and help from doctors and other valued health care professionals, they are human, and some are better than others at providing care. However, all doctors must adhere to certain standards of care when treating patients to help ensure the safety of all concerned, but standards do change, and doctors do have their own way of doing things which may lead to errors in judgment.
For example, in the early 1900s, women giving birth were often put into a “twilight sleep” — a state in which a woman in labor was likely to be given a combination of morphine (for pain relief) and scopolmaine (a drug that inhibits memory of events). This practice was once thought to be safe; an advancement in medicine, but we now know that this was anything but beneficial to women and their babies.
Today, women are more vocal about how their pregnancies, and their own labor and delivery, and standards have care are now safer and more reasonable. Still, when a doctor fails to notice a condition or react properly during a medical emergency, the outcome can be just as bad for a mother and her baby as it was one hundred years ago.
Here are some of the conditions that may result in serious complications, birth defects, or even death if a doctor or other attending medical caregiver fails to diagnose and properly treat:
- Placenta Abruption
- Breech births, jacknife birth, or a fetus that is too large for vaginal birth
- Fetal distress
- Oxygen deprivation
- Maternal distress including internal bleeding, stroke, heart attack
- Infections in the mother
- Gestational diabetes in the mother
- Allergies to medications (mother)
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Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today And Get The Legal Help You Need
When there is reason to suspect that medical malpractice was the ultimate cause of injury, the victim may have a legal claim for compensation. Whether minor or severe, whether because of surgery in an adult or anoxic brain injury in a baby during birth, a brain injury that occurred during medical treatment often leaves unanswered questions. At Donahue & Horrow, L.L.P., you will find a skilled and experienced lawyer who will fight to get you the answers you need.
If medical negligence or error led to a brain injury or wrongful death of a loved one, our experienced and compassionate medical malpractice attorneys can help you get the answers you need. The firm has substantial experience assisting clients in brain injury cases caused by medication errors, surgical errors, emergency room errors, birth injury and anesthesia errors, including:
- Allergic reactions to medication or the administration of contraindicated medications;
- Hypoxic or anoxic brain injury resulting from oxygen deprivation during surgery because of anesthesia error;
- Feeding tube and incubator tube errors resulting in oxygen deprivation to the brain (negligent intubation);
- Failure to resuscitate;
- ICU nursing errors;
- Failure to monitor the condition of a fetus during labor, resulting in birth injury such as cerebral palsy.
All medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency fee basis — there will be no attorneys fees for you to pay unless or until we obtain compensation for you. To schedule a free and informative consultation regarding a brain injury that may have been caused by medical negligence or malpractice, contact Donahue & Horrow today.