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Doctors wrongly prescribe drug to mother in labor

There have been many multi-million dollar verdicts across the country (including Pennsylvania) due to children suffering birth injuries children while their mother was in labor. Too often, medical staff has been negligent in delivery of the child, and such negligence resulted in the child being oxygen deprived while in the process of being delivered.

Recently, a $3.75 million settlement came about as a result of birth injuries. The child's mother was given a substance known as Pitocin. Though Pitocin ordinarily speeds up the labor process, in this instance the mother was forced to endure 28 hours of labor before hospital staff finally decided that the child needed to be delivered through a Cesarean Section.

It is claimed that the prolonged labor caused a lack of blood flow to the baby's brain, and also resulted in severe contractions and trauma to the child's head. Whether or not this was the precise cause of the child's birth injuries, the 5-year old child now suffers from cerebral palsy and severe mental retardation.

It seems that hospital staff did not take into account the unique circumstances of this particular birth. Pitocin has been known to cause excessive contractions when given during certain pregnancies, but hospital staff continued to administer the drug even while contractions were occurring.

When dealing with these types of cases, medical malpractice attorneys are willing to view the facts of the case and then advise clients as to whether medical malpractice possibly existed. Birth injuries often result in severe and lasting trauma.

Even a multi-million dollar verdict may not be enough to meet all of the child's needs. Often such children require a lifetime of medical care and services.

Source: The Gazette, "Iowa to pay $3.75M in boy's injuries," July 1, 2012

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