There are instances when a traditional birth is unsafe for the mother, infant or both. This is why a C-Section surgery is chosen by many mothers and physicians as an alternate procedure. The C-Section (or Cesarean section) allows the doctor to safely deliver the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. It’s an extremely common procedure that is used in 25% of all births. However, there are still serious complications that may arise due to medical negligence and error.
C-Sections are usually a pre-planned surgery with little medical risk. However, problems occur when a C-Section is chosen at the last moment in an attempt to protect the mother or child. The reasons a physician might decide on an unplanned C-Section include: prolonged or stopped labor; the baby is too large for the birth canal; or the baby is at risk from the Placenta or umbilical cord. When medical professionals get in a hurry, tragic mistakes can be made. Careless lacerations may injure the infant, or broken bones may occur if the child is not removed carefully.
The biggest danger during a C-Section, however, comes from the physician waiting too long to perform the surgery. If a C-Section is delayed by even a few minutes, there can be drastic health consequences for the baby. Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to the brain, is the biggest risk for an infant.
This can result in:
Whether the doctor caused injury by waiting too long to perform the surgery, or was careless during the procedure itself, you and your baby may be the victim of medical malpractice. The medical malpractice attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC have the experience necessary to help you or a loved one recover from C-Section malpractice. Our team is licensed and trained in the highly specialized field of medical malpractice, and have successfully litigated hundreds of cases. Through compassion and legal expertise, our medical malpractice attorneys can help you win the fair compensation you deserve. Please call our offices today for more information.