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Narcotic pain medication (e.g. Demerol, Morphine, Stadol) is often given during early labor to mitigate pain and help mothers relax. With IV administration, these medications are safe to use because they wear off quickly. However, if labor accelerates and the baby is born quickly, the baby's breathing may be depressed by the narcotic.
After delivery, epidurals may result in a mother's temporary loss of movement or inability to pass urine. Headaches and difficulty breastfeeding after epidural anesthesia may also occur. Additional complications include dizziness, seizures, and — if the drug enters the spinal fluid — difficulty breathing. Permanent nerve injury, paralysis, and meningitis (infection of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord) are rare complications of an epidural. Nevertheless, they can occur.
If you feel that you might have been the victim of a negligent anesthesiologist, call 410.983.6266 today.
What Causes Anesthetic Complications?
While rare, some patients are genetically predisposed to bad anesthesia reactions. If you had a poor reaction (such as a severe spike in blood pressure), your anesthesiologist or other healthcare providers may not have thoroughly investigated your patient history — a crucial step in ensuring your health and safety.
Other anesthesia complications may arise, including:
- Failure to hydrate
- Improper dosage
- Faulty equipment
- Improper intubation
- Administration of improper anesthetic medications
- Improper preparation of the patient before anesthesia
- Negligent monitoring of a patient's heart rate, blood pressure, neurologic, and motor status
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Our skilled Baltimore birth injury lawyers are seasoned litigators, with no fear of taking your case all the way to trial. When insurance companies, law firms, and hospitals hear that we are representing their former patients, they know to expect a fight. It's our reputation for powerful, effective litigation that has helped us secure more than $700 million for our clients.
Since 1948, our firm has ensured that no institution is above the law. We are passionate about taking on cases involving mistreated, abused, and ignored individuals because these people are the reason the law exists.
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