More women than ever before are having C-section births. In fact, about one in every three American women gives birth via C-section, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While very common, C-sections are still considered major surgery, and involve inherent risks. Mothers are at risk for complications such as excessive bleeding, blood clots, internal organ damage, and infection. For the baby, possible medical complications include lacerated bowels, nerve damage, and lung/heart complications. However, injuries from C-sections are almost always preventable, and can be a form of medical malpractice.
An OB/GYN who fails to recommend a C-section to women with high-risk pregnancy can have devastating consequences affecting the mother and/or baby for life. Likewise, a botched C-section can cause lifelong medical complications and suffering for an injured newborn. If the mother or her baby die because of C-section errors, their next-of-kin may be able to file a wrongful death suit. If you’ve had a C-section resulting in birth injuries, you may have a legitimate medical malpractice case.
The birth injury attorneys at The Lancione Law Firm are here to help you seek justice. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with our Cleveland birth injury lawyers.
Types of C-Section Errors
There are three main types of C-section errors constituting medical malpractice:
- Failure to perform a C-section
- Performing a C-section too late
- Performing a C-section improperly
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. An untimely C-section has serious consequences causing 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.
Examples of botched C-section complications include:
- Bowel laceration
- Broken bones
- Oxygen deprivation, which can cause brain damage or cerebral palsy
- Infection or sepsis resulting from improper wound closure
- Physical developmental delays
- Anesthesia injuries
- Blood clots
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C-section surgery is serious, but in the vast majority of cases, complications can be avoided. You have rights. If you were the victim of a botched C-section or if your OB/GYN failed to recommend a C-section in time, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice.
If you or your baby were injured during a C-section birth, contact our birth injury attorneys in Cleveland at The Lancione Law Firm for a free case consultation at (440) 220-4439.