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Mis-managed Epidural - Birth Injury Claims

What is an epidural?

An epidural is one method of giving pain relieving drugs during labour. The pain reliving drugs are injected around the nerves that carry pain from a specific part of the body. This is called a regional anaesthetic. The pain relieving drugs are injected through a fine tube into the spaces between the layers of membrane that surround the spinal column. This provides very effective pain relief but it also makes certain areas of the body very numb.

Epidural complications

Epidurals have some known disadvantages for you and your baby and these should have been explained to you by your medical team before you consented to this form of pain relief.

Some serious complications can lead to life changing injuries to you or your baby and may be the result of sub-standard medical care. For example:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pressure sores
  • A serious fall in your blood pressure which affected the blood flow and therefore oxygen supply to your baby
  • A miss placed epidural catheter causing nerve damage, severe and persistent headache and in very serious and rare cases deafness and blindness
  • Nerve damage (paralysis) caused by negligent advancement of the needle (subarachnoid puncture or hematoma induced nerve injury) or through a toxic reaction to the anaesthetic
  • Miss-managed drug dose which was harmful to the baby
  • Arachnoiditis (inflammation of the arachnoid membrane)
  • Breathing difficulties, seizures, cardiac arrest, dizziness, loss of consciousness
  • Infections such as meningitis
  • Paraplegia: When medical errors lead to paralysis it is usually the lower half of the body that is affected
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Dropped foot
  • Injury to the spinal membrane

When injuries such as these are caused by the negligent administration of epidural anaesthesia, our lawyers may be able to assist with a compensation claim that will help you and your family secure the support and care that you need following such an injury.

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