Although women give birth every day, this natural body function comes with risks. Nevertheless, most mothers go to great lengths to ensure bringing a healthy child into the world, despite anticipating the discomfort of childbirth.
However, medical errors may cause the following complications that put every New Mexico mother’s health and life at risk.
A woman’s doctor must take measures to manage excessive bleeding when her uterus fails to contract after delivery. Failure to note a mother’s existing medical conditions, the presence of too much amniotic fluid or the incomplete expulsion of the placenta can lead to dangerous bleeding.
Complications With Anesthetics
Insufficient anesthesia may make a woman’s labor unnecessarily uncomfortable, but excessive amounts can be harmful or fatal. Medical errors involving anesthesia during delivery can cause a woman to go into respiratory or cardiac arrest and experience paralysis and brain damage.
Preeclampsia can begin 20 weeks into a pregnancy and produces symptoms including:
- High blood pressure
- Neurological complications including seizures
Although the condition is rare, a pregnant mother’s medical team must know its potential signs and apply urgent treatment to prevent life-threatening consequences. Treatment may include drugs to stabilize blood pressure and reduce brain and other organ inflammation. Doctors must also determine appropriate delivery methods to avoid additional stress on a woman’s body.
Surgical mistakes during a cesarean procedure can cause lacerations of a woman’s uterus, bladder, or bowel that lead to painful or systemic infections and excessive bleeding that can endanger a mother’s health or future fertility. If a damaging c-section occurs without a patient’s consent, the case for medical malpractice may be more substantial.
When medical errors and negligence threaten your life and your child’s life, a medical malpractice lawsuit can hold your healthcare providers accountable.