Post: Law Firm Wins Large Settlement in Delivery Nurse Negligence
Posted by Justin Davis on 11/25/18
Law Firm Wins Large Settlement in Delivery Nurse Negligence
Delivery and labor nurses allegedly failed to follow
hospital protocols during childbirth, which is believed to
have caused irreversible brain damage to the baby.
Hampton & King’s medical malpractice and negligence team
secured a large settlement for a family whose baby was
born with irreversible brain damage due to alleged delivery
nurse negligence. The settlement that Hampton & King
secured is sufficient enough to enable the family to take
care of the child for the rest of his life.
During the delivery, nurses allegedly failed following the
hospital protocol on giving the patient Pitocin – a drug
used to augment labor.
The hospital’s Pitocin policy simplifies the delivery and
makes fetal injury impossible. Nurses are provided with a
checklist that is to be completed before the administration
of Pitocin and after. The aim of the policy is to ensure
the correct administration of the drug that may otherwise
cause excessive uterine contractions.
In the specific situation, the nurses did not follow the
hospital protocol, Hampton & King alleged. The law firm
posited that this resulted in excessive uterine
contractions that contributed to fetal distress, which is
why the baby was born with brain damage.
Pitocin is a synthetic branded version of oxytocin – a
hormone that induces labor in the female body. Its use is
recommended in the case of pregnancies that last for more
than 41 weeks and high blood pressure at full term. At the
same time, the synthetic version of the hormone is highly
potent. It makes the delivery process faster and much more
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