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Il injury lawyerDoctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are extremely valuable members of our society. However, when a medical professional makes a mistake, the consequences can be catastrophic – especially if the victim of the mistake is an infant. Preventable birth injuries can be caused by almost countless factors. Sometimes, a doctor or nurse misinterprets test results. Other times, medical staff fail to recognize signs of maternal or fetal distress. Whatever the reason, birth injuries can lead to years of suffering and additional medical needs.

Infant Injuries that May Be a Result of Medical Mistakes

Every parent hopes for a healthy, happy baby. Unfortunately, some babies suffer injuries and medical complications during labor and delivery that lead to significant ailments. Not every birth injury is caused by negligent medical care, but some are. Birth injuries that may be the result of medical negligence include:

  • Brain damage – The most common ways that newborns suffer brain damage during birth is through oxygen deprivation or decreased blood flow. When oxygenated blood cannot circulate to the baby’s brain, the brain may be irreparably damaged. This can lead to physical and intellectual disabilities in the form of cerebral palsy or other medical conditions.
  • Brachial Plexus injuries - When a baby is born vaginally, the baby’s shoulders may get lodged in the mother’s birth canal. This condition is called shoulder dystocia and it can injure the baby’s brachial plexus nerves causing paralysis, abnormal arm functioning, and limited sensation in the affected arms or hands.
  • Fractures – Sadly, some babies are born with broken bones. Mistakes during labor and delivery, prolonged labor, and failure to recognize that the baby is in a breech position can cause a baby’s bones to be fractured during the birth process.
  • Infection – Newborn babies are very vulnerable to infections. Sometimes, infections are caused by unsanitary conditions in the delivery room. Mothers who have undiagnosed infections may also pass them along to their babies.
  • Premature birth – Some premature births are unavoidable. However, proper prenatal care can often help avoid the premature birth of a baby. Medical professionals should monitor the mother and the baby during pregnancy for any signs that could indicate the baby will be born too soon. Supplements like progesterone, surgical procedures, and bed rest may help avoid premature birth.

Contact a Springfield Birth Injury Lawyer

If your baby was injured or passed away before, during, or after birth, you may have a valid birth injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for additional medical expenses and other damages. To learn more, contact the skilled Champaign medical malpractice attorneys at Kanoski Bresney. Call 888-826-8682 for a free consultation.

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5 Common Medical Errors By OBGYN DoctorsOriginally published: March 10, 2020 -- Updated: December 28, 2021

UPDATE: While the errors described below may be considered medical malpractice, victims who have suffered injuries in these situations will need to understand the steps they will need to follow to ensure that they can receive compensation for their injuries. To successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, a person will need to prove all of the following elements:

The doctor owed the patient a duty of care - Once a doctor-patient relationship has been established, a doctor will be required to meet certain standards when providing medical treatment. This duty of care applies in any situations where an OBGYN or other provider performs medical services at a doctor’s office or hospital.

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Bloomington medical malpractice lawyersThere are many ways that medical negligence can cause patients to suffer serious injuries. In some cases, patients may be harmed due to medication errors, including situations where a patient experiences an allergic reaction to a medication or when drugs are administered at the incorrect dose. Errors related to anesthesia can be especially harmful, and they may cause a patient to suffer long-lasting harm, or they may even lead to a person’s wrongful death

Errors Involving Different Types of Anesthesia

Different methods of anesthesia may be used to minimize pain and discomfort during a medical procedure or ensure that a patient will remain unconscious during surgery. Errors may be made by anesthesiologists or other medical professionals when administering different types of anesthesia, including:

  • Local anesthesia - During a minor procedure, injections may be administered to numb pain and sensation in certain parts of the body. If these injections are not performed properly, they may cause nerve damage that may lead to a permanent loss of sensation and mobility in the part of the body that was affected. If a medical provider fails to properly review a person’s medical history, the patient may experience an allergic reaction to a local anesthetic, and this may lead to issues such as swelling around the injection site, reduced blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, respiratory failure, or cardiac arrest.
  • Regional anesthesia - Certain procedures may require a nerve block that will reduce or eliminate pain and sensation in large parts of the body. For example, an epidural may be used during childbirth to reduce pain and sensation in the lower body. Regional anesthesia is often administered through injections in the spine. If these injections are not performed correctly, a patient may experience a dangerous infection, or they may suffer nerve damage that may lead to partial or total paralysis in different parts of the body. Patients may also be at risk of harm due to allergic reactions or bleeding in and around the spinal column.
  • General anesthesia - During major surgical procedures, a patient will usually be administered drugs that cause them to become unconscious, ensuring that they will not feel any pain. In some cases, general anesthesia may cause a reaction known as malignant hyperthermia, which involves muscle contractions and fever and could potentially lead to death. Anesthesia that is administered incorrectly may result in breathing problems, causing a person to suffer brain damage or other issues due to a lack of oxygen. Some patients may also experience postoperative cognitive dysfunction, which may lead to problems with memory or intellectual disorders. Other side effects of general anesthesia may include strokes or fluctuations in blood pressure, and these may occur because drugs were administered at the wrong doses or because an anesthesiologist did not respond correctly to distress experienced by a patient.

Contact Our Bloomington Anesthesia Error Attorneys

If you have suffered harm because anesthesia or other drugs were administered incorrectly during a medical procedure, Kanoski Bresney can help you take the correct steps to recover financial compensation for your injuries and damages. We will work to hold a negligent medical provider responsible for all of the ways you and your family have been affected. Contact our Peoria medical malpractice lawyers today at 888-826-8682 to set up your free consultation.

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Champaign medical malpractice attorneyAdvances in medicine have helped people lead longer, healthier lives. Countless medications are available to treat ailments ranging from headaches to advanced cancer. Unfortunately, the vast number of medications available today means that there is an increase in the chances of medication mistakes. One of the top causes of medication errors in the U.S. is sound-alike medications, or medications with similar-sounding names. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who are not paying close enough attention may mistake one medication for the other. Look-alike medications are also at risk of being mixed up. Medication mistakes such as these can lead to severe, sometimes fatal consequences.

How Do Medication Errors Occur?

Medical workers have stressful jobs and often work long hours. Many doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies are also understaffed. Medical workers who are rushing can mistake one medicine for another and dispense or administer the wrong medication to the patient. Medical negligence like this can lead to worsened medical conditions and even death. Just recently, a nurse in Tennessee lost her nursing license and is facing criminal charges after administering the wrong medication and killing a patient. The nurse administered vecuronium bromide instead of Versed after mixing up the generic names of the medications.

What Can I Do If I Was a Victim of a Medication Error?

If you were harmed or your loved one was killed because of a medication mistake, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the liable party. A medical malpractice suit may help you hold the at-fault practitioner or medical facility accountable for the mistake and recover compensation for your damages. Damages in a medication error lawsuit often include:

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champaign Medical Malpractice lawyer

Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals spend as many as 10-15 years in school preparing for their careers in medicine. Consequently, we expect medical professionals to provide competent, accurate medical care. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional’s failure to provide reasonably skilled care causes someone to suffer avoidable health problems. A victim of medical malpractice may be able to recover financial compensation for additional medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you received substandard care from a medical professional, you may wonder if you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

Elements of Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice can stem from a medical provider’s actions or his or her failure to act. In some cases, the hospital or other medical facility at which the incident occurred is ultimately liable for a medical mistake. Some common examples of medical errors that can lead to medical malpractice claims include:

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