C-Section Errors / Delayed C-Section
Dealing with a birth injury due to negligence? Contact our Ohio law firm
Many pregnant women chose to deliver their baby by cesarean birth, also known as a C-section. An estimated 31 percent of births involve a C-section, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While C-sections are common, they are still considered major surgery and can put the mother or her infant at risk of a severe birth injury. This is why even the slightest mistake involving a C-section is considered a serious fetal risk factor.
Mothers are at risk for medical complications such as excessive bleeding, blood clots, infection and internal organ damage, including uterine rupture. For the baby, possible medical complications include lacerated bowels, nerve damage, umbilical cord prolapse and lung or heart complications.
Worst of all, most C-section injuries can be prevented. That’s because most of these injuries occur due to medical negligence. When this happens, it’s critical that injury victims take immediate action to hold medical professionals accountable for their actions.
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Our legal team consistently obtains sizable financial settlements and verdicts for birth injury victims across the country. Since our law firm was founded, we have recovered more than $350 million and counting for our clients, including one of Ohio’s largest malpractice verdicts. Case results matter here.
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What are common C-section errors?
There are three main types of C-section errors that involve medical negligence. These are:
Failure To Perform a C-Section – Certain medical conditions make a C-section birth less risky than a vaginal delivery. Vaginal delivery is not the best choice for every expectant mother, particularly if she has a medical condition preventing a safe vaginal birth. A mother with placental problems, uterine rupture, active genital herpes and other high-risk medical conditions is not a good candidate for a vaginal delivery. Numerous other considerations determine whether a C-section would be the best choice for an expectant mother, such as if she is giving birth to multiples, if she has had previous C-section births or if the baby is in a breech position (feet first).
Performing a C-Section Too Late – Another major indicator of a C-section is if the OB/GYN detects the fetus is in distress and must be delivered immediately. Failure to perform a timely cesarean can cause irreparable harm to both mother and baby, especially if the mother and unborn child have suffered from a prolonged labor and delayed delivery. If the medical team delivering a baby recognizes that the fetus is in distress, it is critically important to perform a C-section as soon as possible. Examples of fetal distress include fluctuating fetal blood pressure or a tangled umbilical cord.
Performing a C-Section Improperly – Even if an OB/GYN makes the call to perform a C-section and does so in a timely manner, medical complications can occur. While these conditions are often accidental, physicians have a legal and ethical duty to perform C-sections safely and carefully. When they do not do so, physicians are liable for medical malpractice. Negligent doctors who make C-section errors can cause lifelong medical problems for either the mother, baby or both.
Experienced doctors need to act fast if there’s a complication or medical problem that arises during a woman’s pregnancy or delivery. Waiting even a few minutes can sometimes have life-threatening consequences. This is why medical professionals need to know how and when to perform a C-section. Otherwise, the health of the mother and her baby could be at risk.
What are common C-section injuries?
When medical professionals make mistakes performing a C-section, certain birth injuries often occur. Common injuries associated with C-section complications include:
- Bowel laceration
- Broken bones
- Oxygen deprivation, which can cause brain injuries or cerebral palsy
- Infections or sepsis due to improper wound closure
- Physical developmental delays
- Anesthesia injuries
- Blood clots
- Uterine rupture
Whatever type of C-section injury you’re dealing with, make sure you fully understand your legal rights. Make sure you talk to Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione. He can guide you through the legal process and be there for you every step of the way.
Don’t give up hope. We can help. Contact our Ohio law firm
Birth injury claims involving C-section errors often turn into complicated legal cases. Medical professionals rarely admit they made a mistake. Instead, they often hire a lawyer to defend their actions and deny your birth injury claim.
Attorney Lancione and his dedicated legal team at The Lancione Law Firm know how to respond to such situations. When you choose us to represent you, we will thoroughly investigate your C-section error in search of evidence to build the strongest possible birth injury claim. We know how to analyze medical records. We frequently consult with experts. And we’re prepared to take your case to court and file a birth injury lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
The stakes are high in many birth injury claims involving C-sections. Your medical bills and other expenses can easily add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more. Demand the money you deserve. Contact us and schedule a free consultation at our Rocky River, Ohio law firm today. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to speak with Ohio birth injury attorney John A. Lancione.