When Failing To Perform A C-Section Causes Harm
Fetal distress during labor, often caused by an interruption of blood flow to the fetus, is the leading indicator that an emergency C-section is required and is usually the only course of action for the wellbeing of both the mother and the child. An emergency C-section can enable doctors to deliver a baby rapidly and restore proper flow of oxygen to the baby’s brain. Without an emergency C-section, the risk of fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy, and other birth injuries and possibly even death may be great.
Signs of fetal distress that may appear on an electronic fetal heart monitor include:
- Fetal bradycardia or tachycardia
- Late decelerations
- Loss of fetal heart rate variability
Doctors and nurses are trained to recognize the subtle and sometimes complex signs of fetal distress. When, through negligent fetal monitoring or failure to recognize these signs, doctors fail to perform an emergency C-section and a child suffers serious injury or dies, this may form the basis of a medical malpractice claim.
Failure to perform an emergency C-section may not, in and of itself, constitute medical negligence. However, what is required is a detailed investigation into the medical records and the timeline of events during delivery. What is most important is to obtain the facts and with answers in hand, an experienced lawyer can then offer sound advice as to how to proceed and if there’s a case at hand.
Get The Answers And Guidance You Need Today
If you, your child or a loved one suffered serious injury during childbirth and you suspect a doctor’s failure to perform an emergency C-section was the cause, the Cleveland law firm of The Lancione Law Firm, can help.
The team we have built at The Lancione Law Firm has substantial experience and a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of medical malpractice and families that have been affected by birth injury. Our firm works tirelessly to improve the safety and quality of health care during labor and delivery in Ohio. We hold negligent physicians and hospitals accountable for injury and loss of life caused by failure to follow appropriate standards of care, including failure to perform an emergency C-section to remedy serious complications that arise while giving birth.
We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 220-4439 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities throughout Ohio.