Helping Ohio Families Harmed By Delayed Or Negligent C-Sections
If A Cesarean Section Mistake Caused You Or Your Child Injury, Contact A Skilled Lawyer
Cesarean delivery — also known as a C-section — is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. A C-section might be planned ahead of time if the mother develops pregnancy complications, but often the need for a first-time C-section does 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 child.
Crandall & Pera Law represents families throughout Ohio who were harmed because of negligence by healthcare 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. For decades, our attorneys have helped clients like you in Chagrin Falls, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Chesterland, Ohio, and the nearby regions.
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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 requiring urgent delivery 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.
Negligent C-Sections Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries In Ohio
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 Ohio 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.
Your Counsel For Negligent C-Section Injuries
Let Crandall & Pera Law’s team of Ohio birth injury lawyers and Registered Nurses be your advocate. To reserve a no-obligation consultation at one of our five offices in Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chesterland, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form.