November 24, 2020

When to Sue for Complications from Epidural Errors

Injuries during childbirth happen far more frequently than they should, but when these errors occur due to mistakes made by your healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. One of the most common mistakes include errors made involving epidurals. 

This can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening complications. Continue reading to learn more about what complications can occur from epidural errors, how a birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, could help, and who could be responsible for compensating you if you suffer severe injury or illness. 

Common Errors That Occur in Epidurals

Anesthesiologists are responsible for administering epidurals. When the anesthesiologist makes a mistake, an injury can occur. Some of the most common types of mistakes that occur when an epidural is administered incorrectly include:

  • Failure to monitor distress in the mother or baby
  • Administration of too much medication
  • Administration before the cervix has dilated
  • Injection of the needle in the wrong area
  • Administration of medication the mother is allergic to

These are just a few examples of errors that can occur in epidurals. Your birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, can take a closer look at your case to determine your next steps. 

Liability for Medical Negligence in Kentucky

Due to the fact that anesthesiologists are administering and responsible for the epidural, the anesthesiologist is likely to be named as liable for any injuries that occur due to their errors. 

However, nursing staff, the obstetrician or midwife, any member of the birthing team, and even the hospital could all have contributed to the injuries that the mother or baby may have sustained. Your lawyer will be able to determine who is responsible for your birth injury after carefully examining the details of your case.

Meet with a Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyer 

When you believe that your healthcare provider made an epidural mistake that caused you to endure complications during your labor, contact a qualified Kentucky birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, to discuss the details of your case. 

You can give our office a call at 502-253-9110 or submit the quick contact form provided at the bottom of this page when you are ready to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.