Spinal epidurals are commonly given to mothers during labor to relieve pain during a vaginal delivery. Spinal blocks are typically administered during Cesarean deliveries. Unfortunately, anesthesiologists can make critical mistakes during epidurals and injure both the mother and child.
At Wilt & Klausing, PLLC, we represented doctors for over 15 years. If you are a victim of an epidural error, our lawyers can use this experience to help you to create a strong case and achieve the best possible outcome.
How Do I Know If It Was Medical Malpractice?
Anesthesiologists can commit malpractice if they breach their duty of care, injure a patient and damages are sustained as a result. If the patient was not injured, the doctor’s mistake alone will not be considered malpractice.
Examples of epidural errors during labor and delivery include:
- Failing to adequately review medical records, drug interactions and allergies
- Administering the incorrect dosage
- Delaying administration of anesthesia
- Improperly positioning the patient
- Inserting the needle incorrectly
Injuries Caused By Anesthetic Malpractice
Epidural errors can cut off oxygen supply to a baby’s brain causing serious and sometimes even fatal mistakes. Examples of anesthetic injuries to the child include:
- Brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Cerebral and Erb’s Palsy
- Heart attack
Mothers can also sustain serious injuries, including cardiac arrest, paralysis, seizures and death. However, even if the mother does not sustain any physical injuries, the procedure may leave them with emotional scars, which are also compensable.
Taking Immediate Action Is Critical For Your Case
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Kentucky gives injured patients one year from the date they knew or should have reasonably known that a doctor caused their injury. They may also file a lawsuit within one year of the last date they were treated by the provider. If the patient is no longer living, the clock begins one year after the appointment of a personal representative.
Speak With A Local Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Our lawyers work efficiently and take proactive steps to ensure that filing deadlines are met so that we can give you a fight shot at obtaining compensation and justice. We understand the pain you are going through and we want to help you.