During pregnancy, care must be taken to ensure that medications given to the mother do not lead to birth injuries.
The most dangerous time for medication errors is during the first trimester of pregnancy, but can occur at any time.
Types of Medication Errors Leading to Birth Injuries
There are many potential errors that can cause birth injuries. These include:
- Continuation of prescription during pregnancy that has fetal risk
- Administration of prescription with fetal risk during pregnancy
- Administration of prescription that interferes with nutrient uptake during pregnancy
- Failure to administer necessary prescription
- Overdose or underdose of prescription
Although relatively rare, these medication errors are potentially very serious.
Effects of Medication Errors
Medication errors can lead to serious consequences for the mother or child, including:
- Birth defects, including heart defects, brain defects, and more
- Premature birth
- Fetal distress requiring intervention
- Loss of pregnancy
In all these cases, additional care and expense is required for the child and often for the mother. In many cases, the effects are long-term or permanent.
Medication errors are too common in the US, but they are preventable. If you or your child has been the victim of a preventable medication error, you should not have to bear the costs associated with that error. At Willens Law Offices, we have helped many parents get compensation after medication errors. We want to help you.