Did A C-Section Mistake Cause You Or Your Child Injury?
Cesarean delivery, also known as a C-section, might be planned ahead of time if the mother develops pregnancy complications. However, the need for a first-time C-section might not become obvious until labor is underway. A delayed C-section, especially where there are signs of fetal distress, puts the baby at risk of life-threatening disability or death. An improperly performed C-section can cause serious injury to both mother and baby.
Crandall & Pera Law represents families throughout Ohio and Kentucky who were harmed because of negligence by health care providers during labor and delivery. Our team of registered nurses and experienced birth injury/birth trauma lawyers provides skilled legal service tempered by sympathetic understanding of our clients’ needs.
Reasons For Emergency C-Sections
There are times when a C-section is medically safer for the mother and baby than a vaginal delivery. A doctor might recommend a C-section in cases of:
- Stalled labor, when the cervix does not dilate enough despite strong contractions over several hours.
- Fetal distress, when the doctor detects reduction of the baby’s oxygen supply or changes in the baby’s heartbeat.
- Abnormal fetal position, when the baby is entering the birth canal feet or buttocks first (breech), or if it is positioned side or shoulder first (transverse), and repositioning efforts are unsuccessful.
- Multiple births. In multiple births is it common for one or more of the babies to be abnormally positioned.
- Placenta previa, when the placenta partially covers the opening of the cervix.
- Umbilical cord problems, when the umbilical cord loops around the baby’s neck, putting it at risk of strangulation, or if the cord is compressed by the uterus during labor.
A C-section might also be recommended if the mother has serious heart problems, high blood pressure or an infection that could be passed to the baby during vaginal delivery — such as genital herpes or HIV — or if there is a physical obstruction such as large fibroid tumors obstructing the birth canal, a severely displaced pelvic fracture or severe hydrocephalus causing an unusually large fetal head.
How Can C-Sections Cause Catastrophic Injuries?
Delay, carelessness or error in performing a C-section can result in severe fetal brain damage, cutting and scarring of the fetus, transmission of bacterial infection from the mother, and maternal hemorrhage. Timing is critical. Delay can cause the mother or the child to go into cardiac arrest, or can result in fetal brain damage from lack of oxygen. Unnecessary performance before the 39th week of pregnancy may result in a premature baby who could experience developmental issues.
Crandall & Pera Law’s team of accomplished surgical malpractice attorneys and registered nurses is equipped to handle complex birth injury cases. We, and retained experts in various medical specialties, carefully review and analyze our clients’ cesarean deliveries. By thorough examination of the medical records, we are able to identify and validate circumstances in which they may receive compensation for their injuries. We have secured millions of dollars for birth injury victims throughout Ohio and Kentucky.