On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm posted on Friday, January 11, 2013.
No one in Colorado expects their loved ones that go to a hospital seeking medical attention to come out in a worse condition. That is what happened in the case of a 16-year-old female who went to a hospital two years ago when she was 41 weeks pregnant. Complications during the delivery may have caused the expecting mother to sustain a brain injury. A medical malpractice suit was recently filed to determine the validity of these allegations-a jury trial has been requested for the lawsuit.
According to reports, the then-16-year-old arrived at a hospital in December 2010. She was having contractions at the time she was admitted and after two hours of labor without any progress, physicians decided that it was time for a cesarean section. An epidural was attempted to apply local anesthesia before the procedure but the suit states that the epidural became dislodged. A spinal anesthesia was then administered.
The suit alleges that the amount of anesthesia applied during the procedure led to many complications, including respiratory distress, decreased mental status, bradycardia, cyanosis, cardiopulmonary arrest, acute respiratory failure and permanent neurological damage. That neurological damage is regarded as severe by the plaintiffs who have filed the suit on the teenager’s behalf. According to them, a smaller dose of anesthesia should have been applied.
Officially, the suit alleges that several defendants-including the hospital, a physician and a nurse anesthetist-are guilty of negligence on several accounts. This includes failing in the following areas: to render safe and appropriate anesthesia care as well as to supervise and monitor the patient’s condition both during and after delivery. The suit also said that the high spinal anesthesia following an epidural was an act of negligence.
The suit seeks damages for physical and mental impairment, medical expenses, disability, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, loss of income and earning capacity as well as court costs and interest.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Malpractice suit claims teen suffered brain damage from too much anesthesia,” Michelle Keahey, Dec. 30, 2012