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When labor or delivery medication errors cause an injury to mother or child, it is medical malpractice. Both Cytotec and Pitocin (oxytocin) have been used for many years to aid in the induction and progression of labor. However, recent research shows that using these drugs can be dangerous.
Labor induction (or cervical ripening) is an off-label use of Cytotec, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) originally prescribed to prevent stomach ulcers. When used to induce labor, it has been known to cause uterine ruptures and uterine hyperstimulation.
Likewise, Pitocin (oxytocin) is associated with contractions that are too frequent and too strong. This prevents proper oxygenation of the baby. Pitocin overdose can lead to hemorrhages, lacerations, and other serious medical problems. Furthermore, anesthesia errors are associated with hypotension, decreased oxygenation of the baby, and abnormal uterine contractions.
Our team of medical malpractice attorneys will discuss everything you need to know about labor and delivery medication errors, Pitocin and Cytotec, birth injuries, and medical malpractice. Specifically, we will discuss the following areas in more detail:
If you or your child were diagnosed with permanent injuries or disabilities as the result of labor and delivery medication errors, we encourage you to learn more about your legal options. Our team of Chicago birth injury lawyers has decades of experience handling cases specifically related to birth trauma, birth injuries, medical malpractice, labor and delivery medication errors.
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The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal team has access to some of the top medical professionals in the world. As in many types of medical malpractice cases, high quality expert are essential in obtaining justice.
Our firm was established to focus on the unique needs of our clients. We work with top medical, life-planning, and forensics experts to determine the causes and extent of injuries, prognoses of victims, and areas of medical negligence. Our passion for helping birth injury victims allows our attorneys to deliver unrivaled legal services for your family.
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