Failing To Administer Antibiotics During Labor
For expecting families, nothing is more magical than the upcoming birth of a child. Among the many changes a mother’s body undergoes, her immune system also changes to protect both the mother and the developing baby from disease. In the process, some parts of the system are enhanced while others are suppressed. The result is that a pregnant woman can be more prone to bacterial infections. In fact, the severity and death rates of bacterial and viral infections are higher in pregnant women than in nonpregnant women. This is why careful monitoring for infection is necessary: throughout pregnancy, and especially during delivery.
Crandall & Pera Law is completely knowledgeable about the kinds of problems that can arise during labor and birth, especially when an expectant mother is not given the right antibiotics at the right time. We have helped families in Ohio and Kentucky obtain fair compensation for infectious damage to both mothers and babies resulting from medical negligence.
One of past successes include a $4.6 million settlement for one family whose mother died as the result of an untreated case of Group B Strep. Read some of our other birth injury-related case results here.
Common Infections That Require Antibiotics
The kinds of cases Crandall & Pera Law handles are those in which a doctor’s or other medical professional’s treatment violated standards of sound medical practice and caused a patient’s injury or death. These include failure to administer antibiotics to a maternity patient infected by:
- Chorioamnionitis. A condition that affects the membranes surrounding the fetus and the amniotic fluid. Left untreated, it can lead to respiratory conditions, meningitis, brain damage or sepsis, and may make it necessary to deliver the baby preterm.
- Group B Strep (GBS). The most common cause among newborns of septicemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. The bacterium may be found in the female genital and digestive tracts, and may be transmitted to the baby as it passes through the birth canal. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that any pregnant woman who has had a baby with GBS in the past, has a current urinary tract infection caused by GBS or tests positive for GBS during pregnancy should receive intravenous antibiotics during labor.
- Villitis. A complication of untreated Group B Strep in which the surface of the placenta becomes inflamed. Without antibiotic treatment of the underlying Strep infection, villitis will cause deterioration of the placenta and fetal death.
- Trichomoniasis. A sexually transmitted parasite that causes inflammation of the cervix. It can be cured with antibiotics, but if left untreated it can lead to bleeding, low birth weight and preterm labor.
Crandall & Pera Law conducts a thorough investigation into every client’s claims of medical malpractice. Our team comprises all former medical malpractice defense attorneys; we are able to anticipate a defense, and can build your case in a way that negates it.
When A Doctor’s Failure To Administer Antibiotics Causes Harm
If you have concerns that a doctor’s failure to meet the standard of care led to a birth injury, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. You can schedule an initial consultation by calling 855-444-6651 or sending us an email.