Did A C-Section Mistake Cause You Or Your Child Injury?
A C-section (cesarean delivery) 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 several situations where a C-section can be a safer alternative – for both mother and baby – than a vaginal delivery. A C-section may be recommended in cases of:
- Lack of cervix dilation, despite several hours of strong contractions
- Low oxygen or heartbeat changes, which can be an indication of fetal distress
- Abnormal fetal position, which is particularly common in the case of multiple births
- Placenta irregularities, including blockage of the cervical opening
- Umbilical cord problems, such as oxygen deprivation or strangulation
A C-section might also be recommended if the mother has a serious medical condition or if an infection would pass to the baby during a vaginal delivery. An obstruction in the birth canal or an infant’s hydrocephalus are also reasons for a c-section to be considered.
Delayed C-Sections Due To Medical Negligence
There can also be catastrophic consequences from delaying a C-section for too long. One type of instance is when a mother and child are kept in delivery for a long period of time despite signs of fetal distress as evidenced by a suboptimal oxygen level or concerning changes in the baby’s heartbeat. The resulting hypoxia, a lack of adequate oxygen supply, can cause massive injury to the child. If too much Pitocin was used to move labor along, the chance of injury can be worse.
Crandall & Pera Law‘s team of accomplished surgical malpractice attorneys and registered nurses is equipped to handle complex birth injury cases. We work with retained experts in various medical specialties to 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.