Failing to Administer Antibiotics as a Kind of Medical Malpractice
Handling complex birth injury cases in Kentucky
The human body contains untold amount of bacteria at any time: some of it is harmless, and some can cause an infection. Pregnant women must be monitored carefully, because the infections could be passed along to the baby.
Crandall & Pera Law understands the potential problems that may arise if an expectant mother is not given the right antibiotics at the right time. Our experienced team of attorneys and registered nurses has helped families in Kentucky when medical professionals failed to administer antibiotics to an infected mother in a timely manner; our successes include a $4.6 million settlement for a family where an untreated case of Group B Strep led to the death of the mother.
What should your OB evaluate in the Pre-natal period? – Group B Strep
Common infections requiring antibiotics
At Crandall & Pera Law, we handle complex birth injury cases involving a doctor’s failure to administer antibiotics. Some of the infectious cases we handle include:
- Chorioamnionitis. This condition affects the membranes that surround a fetus as well as the amniotic fluid. If left untreated, it could lead to respiratory conditions, meningitis, brain damage or sepsis. It may necessitate the delivery a baby preterm.
- Group Strep B. GBS is the most common infection passed from mother to child. It is so common that doctors are supposed to test for it when a mother is between 35 and 37 weeks pregnant. Failure to administer IV antibiotics during labor could lead to serious complications, including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, vision or hearing loss or the death of the child.
- Trichomoniasis. This parasite is transmitted sexually, like HIV, and it inflames the cervix. It can be cured with antibiotics, but if left untreated it can lead to bleeding, low birth weight and preterm labor.
- Villitis. This condition is a complication of chorioamnionitis where the surface of the placenta becomes inflamed. Without antibiotics to treat the underlying condition, villitis could lead to the wrongful death of the child.
We are familiar with the complications that can arise when an infection is left untreated. The Crandall & Pera Law team does a thorough investigation into our clients’ claims of medical malpractice. Our lawyers are former medical malpractice defense attorneys, and they use that experience to examine cases from both sides. In this way, they try to anticipate how the defense team will view a case so they can build a case that tries to negate the other side’s perspective. We also work with outside medical experts so that our clients have the information they need to make smart decisions about their options.
Your counsel when a doctor fails to administer antibiotics
Crandall & Pera Law is highly acknowledged by objective ratings services for our work in the area of medical malpractice. We want you to contact us if a doctor failed to administer antibiotics during pregnancy or labor, leading to a tragic birth injury. To schedule an initial consultation at one of Kentucky office locations, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We have two convenient locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.