Whenever you take a medication, the drug has an impact on your body and health. If you are pregnant, the drug affects your baby as well. That’s why doctors and other healthcare providers must use extreme care in prescribing and administering medication to women during pregnancy.
When medication errors occur, both the mother and baby could suffer serious complications, including birth injury or death. The healthcare provider or physician who made the mistake can also be found liable for medical malpractice and be required to pay compensation to devastated families. If you believe you are a victim of medication errors that have caused a birth injury, contact a Chicago birth injury lawyer right away to protect your rights and learn about your legal options.
Medication errors are a common problem in the U.S. In fact, American Nurse Today estimates that approximately 1.5 million Americans are injured each year by preventable medication errors. Pregnant women are among the Americans who suffer injury. These women may experience medication errors when:
In many cases, medication errors are caused by physician negligence or by a failure of a physician or healthcare provider to exercise reasonable competence in prescribing or administering medication.
A variety of different types of medication errors can impact a pregnant mother or her fetus. For example, some of the possible errors include:
Other potentially dangerous drugs for a fetus include certain antibiotics, anti-cancer medications, the acne medication Accutane and the anti-seizure medications Topomax and Depakote.
Also, when doctors administer the commonly-used labor drug Pitocin, doctors must carefully monitor a patient due to the risks of uterine hyperstimulation, uterine rupture and fetal distress.
When a doctor or hospital causes a birth injury or injures a mother by making a medication error, the doctor or hospital may be considered negligent. Negligence is determined by whether a hypothetical reasonable care provider would have done better. If a doctor or hospital is negligent, they can be sued in a birth injury lawsuit and made to compensate the family for the harm their negligence caused.
If you or your baby was injured by a medication error, you should consult with an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we have represented many clients facing birth injuries. We can use our legal experience with birth injury cases to represent you if you or your child was injured by a medication error.
To learn how our Chicago medication error attorneys can help, call us today toll free or fill out our online contact form. We can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.