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Medication Errors During Delivery

The use of medication to induce labor can save both mothers’ and children’s lives, but these drugs must also be used responsibly, in correct dosages, in order to avoid potential complications during childbirth that can cause serious, long-term harm, including death.

At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, we represent mothers and infants in the Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, and Poughkeepsie and throughout New York who have been injured due to medication errors during labor and delivery. To schedule a free consultation with New Paltz birth injury lawyer Charles Rock, contact us today. You will not pay a fee unless we help you obtain restitution.

Understanding the Consequences of Overmedication

Two drugs often used to induce or hasten labor are misoprostol (marketed as Cytotec) and Pitocin. While the use of these drugs is appropriate under the right conditions, they also pose risks that must be carefully controlled for.

Both mothers and newborns can suffer serious harm when Cytotec, Pitocin and other labor-inducing medications are overused or used unnecessarily.

These drugs can prevent the mother’s uterus from contracting after delivery. This may make it necessary for the doctor to perform a hysterectomy, and the associated hemorrhaging can in some cases even be fatal.

Sometimes, children can be born with elevated levels of a waste product called bilirubin. This condition, known as hyperbilirubinemia or neonatal jaundice, can in some cases result in kernicterus, a serious brain injury that can have permanent consequences when not treated appropriately.

Seeking Fair Compensation for Injured Mothers and Children

Our birth injury law firm pursues medical malpractice claims on behalf of women and children who have been injured as a result of medication errors. Birth injury lawyer Charles Rock has the trial experience to effectively stand up to negligent medical providers and their insurance companies.

New York places strict time limits and other restrictions on medical malpractice claims, so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your or your child’s case with a dedicated birth injury attorney. We serve clients in Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie and surrounding New York communities.