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Young mother suffers brain injury during child delivery

A mother of a newborn child may have received too much anesthesia while undergoing a Cesarean section. It has been reported that after two hours of labor without any progression, the woman was then administered an epidural to provide local anesthesia. However, because the epidural apparently became dislodged, the woman was then additionally given a spinal anesthesia.

It is claimed that a number of complications ensued, and the woman then suffered acute respiratory failure that resulted in brain damage. It was asserted that the anesthesia provided during the delivery was excessive, and a much smaller dose would have prevented the complications from ever occurring.

The hospital where the delivery occurred is accused of many sorts of negligence that led to the young mother's injuries. Among other things, the defendants named in this lawsuit are accused of negligently administering a powerful spinal anesthesia after negligently placing an epidural.

The complaint goes onto say that the mother suffered physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disability, mental impairment, physical disfigurement, wage loss, medical expenses and various other costs. The mother was represented by legal guardians in this lawsuit as she is now considered an incompetent adult - likely as the result of the medical malpractice that is claimed to have taken place.

Attorneys that work in the medical malpractice area understand the severity of injury that can occur when errors such as this occur. Errors in the administration of anesthesia are frequently listed as causes of brain damage during medical malpractice lawsuits. Though administration of anesthesia occurs on a regular basis at any hospital, sometimes these facilities become sloppy in their practices and the result can be tragic.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Malpractice suit claims teen suffered brain damage from too much anesthesia," by Michelle Keahey, Dec. 30, 2012

  • For information regarding any variety of medical malpractice occurrences that take place at hospitals, please visit our Pennsylvania law firm's website.

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