Suffering From Complications Due To Pain Relief During Labor?

These days, there's no need for women to needlessly suffer through the pain of childbirth. Numerous pain relief options are available, including:

  • An epidural, spinal block or combined epidural-spinal block, which are regional anesthesia options that block pain from roughly the chest down
  • Opiates such as Demerol or morphine, which are typically given in small doses during the early stages of labor
  • General anesthesia, which is typically only used in emergencies
  • Local anesthesia, which may be used to numb limited areas for an episiotomy
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas or "gas and air"), which is used in some hospitals to take the edge off the pain

Each of these options comes with risks and potentially damaging side effects. Some may not be appropriate for you because of your medical history. Doctors and anesthesiologists have a responsibility to carefully review your situation before proceeding. They must also ensure that the treatment is properly administered — and that you and your baby are monitored for signs of complications.

Potential Complications

Negligence in these situations can lead to serious consequences for both mother and baby, such as:

  • Fetal distress
  • Dangerous drops or spikes in blood pressure
  • Respiratory problems
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Nerve damage
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Uterine rupture

A major risk of general anesthesia during delivery is aspiration pneumonia because of the increased time it takes the stomach to empty. Some other risks of general anesthesia include overdosage and inadequate oxygenation. If local anesthetic is used, such as during paracervical or pudendal blocks for vaginal delivery, the local anesthetic may accidentally be injected directly into the fetus leading to death.

Get Help Finding Answers And Pursuing Compensation

At Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we help women and families across Massachusetts get compensation for medical negligence. Our lawyers work closely with the doctors and nurses we have on staff — something few other law firms can claim. We understand how to get to the bottom of what exactly went wrong. Whether it was your obstetrician, nurse, anesthesiologist or other health care provider who committed negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. You can count on us for reliable representation and straightforward explanations.

Get the answers you deserve by speaking with an attorney today. Call our Boston-area office at 800-LAWYERS for a free consultation.