A cesarean section, or c-section, is a surgical delivery of a baby that may be planned and scheduled - or unplanned - due to complications during vaginal delivery. While C-sections are a higher risk than a vaginal delivery, they are generally considered safe and help at-risk women deliver with fewer complications if emergencies arise. However, if a necessary C-section is delayed it can leave the baby and mother at risk for serious outcomes, such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, birth asphyxia, and even wrongful death. These botched c-section injuries should be discussed with a skilled traumatic birth injury lawyer to determine what your medical malpractice case might be and what legal advice could make sense for you and your family.

During the birth of a child, and even more so during birth of multiple babies, complications can arise, causing your ob/gyn to recommend a cesarean delivery.  Some of those circumstances include a breech position of the baby, a uterine rupture, excessive hemorrhaging, or signs of fetal distress like rapid or slowing heart rate. Problems with the umbilical cord, birth canal or placenta previa can also make the medical team determine an emergency c-section is needed.

If the healthcare provider moves forward with a c-section delivery, the mother receives a specific type of spinal anesthesia, an incision is made in the mother's abdomen the baby or babies are removed. The procedure is not without its risks, including postpartum blood clots for the mother.  If a c-section birth is used because of fetal distress or problems with the mother during a natural childbirth, it needs to be done in a timely manner to avoid oxygen deprivation to the baby which can lead to brain damage or other birth injuries for the child.

Physician negligence

Regrettably, there are numerous reasons that a doctor would delay a C-section, leaving the mom and baby susceptible to critical health complications. Some of those reasons include:

  • Missing crucial symptoms of the mother or baby during labor or delivery
  • Failure to properly monitor mother and or baby, overlooking signs of distress
  • Hospital concerns about insurance
  • Understaffed hospital

In addition to negligence of this nature, a C-section is a complex surgical procedure and medical or nursing errors, unfortunately, can occur leaving mother or baby injured. If you believe there were medical errors by your healthcare provider during a c-section procedure, a team of birth injury lawyers can review medical records, review the standard of care and determine if you have a medical malpractice claim. Medical negligence can lead to a birth injury for a child or mother, and the personal injury lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin have years of experience with these types of birth injury cases.

Free consultation on your case by a Chicago-based C-section lawyer

The C-section error lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. Please contact our office at Info@rblaw.net, 312-458-1000 or click here for a free evaluation of your case. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case. 

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