Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Cleveland birth injury attorney explains the available legal options
Doctors need to be aware of the risks women face if they previously had a child through a cesarean delivery, which is commonly known as a C-section. In such circumstances, a woman’s health could be at risk if she delivers a baby vaginally. Some women in such situations can sustain a serious or life-threatening injury due to having a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
Experienced doctors know the maternal risk factors often associated with a VBAC. And it’s not just the woman’s health that could be at risk. It’s her child who can also sustain a serious or fatal birth injury due to complications caused by VBAC. This is why it’s important for women to fully understand their rights in the event of a serious injury to them or their children. That’s why you need to meet with Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione.
For more than three decades, attorney Lancione has been helping women hold medical professionals accountable for their actions in Ohio and across the country. One of the founders of The Lancione Law Firm, he thoroughly understands how the legal system works when it comes to birth injury claims. That’s because our law firm only handles legal cases involving birth injuries and medical negligence. You can count on us when it matters most.
Why is a VBAC delivery dangerous?
Many medical professionals are reluctant to perform a second C-section on a pregnant woman. This is because many physicians are concerned about additional scar tissue caused by multiple cesarean sections. Heavy bleeding can also sometimes occur. The risk of brain damage and infections involving the fetus is high as well if a second C-section is performed.
This is why many doctors recommend a VBAC delivery. This is especially true if a woman previously had a “trial of labor after cesarean” (TOLAC). This medical term simply means the woman went into labor and intended to deliver her baby vaginally but instead had a C-section.
But it’s also important for doctors and medical professionals to accurately assess the risks for a woman planning to have a VBAC delivery. Doctors need to be prepared at a moment’s notice to perform an emergency cesarean section in the event of a complication involving a vaginal birth. Delivery delays, including waiting too long to perform an emergency C-section, can often result in serious health problems involving the mother or the fetus.
How does medical negligence play a role?
Obstetricians and other doctors need to accurately assess the pros and cons of performing a VBAC birth based on a wide range of factors, including the woman’s health and any pre-existing medical conditions that could result in a birth injury.
Unfortunately, some physicians don’t run the necessary medical tests or misread test results and misdiagnose a serious medical condition. Doctors also need to carefully monitor the woman’s fetus and be prepared to perform an emergency C-section or another medical procedure right away.
Understand your legal rights. Contact our Ohio law firm
Such legal cases might seem straightforward, especially if negligence clearly caused your injury or an injury to your child. But the reality is many doctors often refuse to admit they did anything wrong. Instead, medical professionals, hospitals and insurance companies often simply hire attorneys to defend their actions and deny your claim.
We know how to handle such complicated legal cases. We know how to investigate such claims and what questions to ask. We can analyze your medical records and consult with a medical expert if necessary for a more in-depth analysis.
We also believe it’s important to keep you informed every step of the way. That’s why Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione will keep you updated about your case and give you his personal cellphone number in case you need to reach him at any time.
We do things different at The Lancione Law Firm. We always put your best interests first. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to schedule an appointment.