If the doctor fails to identify infection in time and does not administer the right antibiotics at the right time, it can put the life of both the mother and the unborn child in danger.
For expecting parents, the birth of their child is a joyous occasion. However, the path to motherhood often involves risks which, if not managed well, can cause injury to mother and the child. As the mother’s body undergoes several changes during pregnancy, her immune system also changes to protect both her and her unborn child from illness. During this process, some parts of the immune system are suppressed, while others are enhanced. This can put the pregnant mother at a higher risk of bacterial infections. According to our Chicago birth injury lawyers, the death rate of viral and bacterial infections is higher in pregnant women compared to non-pregnant women. It is therefore extremely important that the pregnant woman is monitored for any infection throughout pregnancy and particularly delivery.
If the doctor fails to identify the infection in time, and does not administer the right antibiotics at the right time, it can put the life of both the mother and the unborn child in danger. Failure to administer antibiotics can amount to medical negligence. Affected families can pursue a claim against the at-fault doctor.
Common Infections Requiring Antibiotics
It is the duty of the treating doctor to identify infection in a pregnant woman, and administer antibiotics promptly as necessary. Some of the infections that require antibiotic treatment include:
- Group B Strep: It is the most common cause of meningitis and septicemia among newborns. The bacteria may be found in digestive tracts or female genital tracts, and it may get transmitted to the baby as it passes through the birth canal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any pregnant woman who has had a baby with Group B strep in the past, tests positive for Group B strep during pregnancy, or has a current urinary tract infection caused by Group B strep should be give intravenous antibiotics during labor. If left untreated, it can cause life threatening birth injuries to the child, and may even cause death of the mother.
- Chorioamnionitis: This condition affects the membranes that surround the fetus and the amniotic fluid. If left untreated, it can cause meningitis, respiratory illnesses, brain damage or sepsis, and it may necessitate preterm delivery.
- Trichomoniasis: This is a sexually transmitted parasite that causes inflammation of the cervix. The condition is easily treatable with antibiotics, however, if left untreated, it can cause bleeding, preterm labor and low birth weight.
- Villitis: This is a complication resulting from untreated Group B strep, which causes the placenta to become inflamed. If the underlying strep infection is not treated, villitis can cause placental deterioration and eventually lead to fetal death.
Chicago Birth Injury Claims – Getting Legal Help
If you or your child has suffered an injury because the doctor failed to administer antibiotics, you should get in touch with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal right to compensation. Call Willens Law Offices today at (312) 957-4166 for a free case evaluation.