When complications arise in natural childbirth, an OB/GYN may suggest that the mother have a Cesarean Section (or C-section) instead. Even though C-sections are relatively common, it is also a complicated surgery with potential risks. When an otherwise preventable error is made by a physician, it can have serious consequences for the health of the mother and infant. There are two types of Cesarean Section Malpractice cases — the physician fails to perform a C-section in a timely manner, or the physician incorrectly performs the C-section.
Fetal distress is the primary indicator that a baby should be delivered by C-section. Your OB/GYN should be able to monitor and recognize these signs in enough time to successfully perform the surgery. Fetal distress is often characterized by umbilical cord entanglement, irregular heartbeat, placenta previa, placenta abruptio, or fluctuations in blood pressure. A Cesarean Section is also appropriate when the infant has breeched, transversed, or there are twins. Cesarean Section Malpractice occurs when the signs of fetal distress are missed, and the physician waits too long perform the surgery. This can result in severe brain damage, physical injury, and even infant mortality.
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Cesarean Section Malpractice also occurs when a physician incorrectly performs the C-section. It is a delicate procedure that requires a precise incision in the abdomen and uterine wall. In their negligence, an OB/GYN may cause severe injuries to both mother and child. It can result in broken bones, and lacerations to the mother’s bowels and internal organs. The child may also suffer from lacerations and a deprivation of oxygen. If the incision is not properly made, it can also result in poor healing and infection that leads to wrongful death.
The birth injury attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC are here to help if you or a loved one has been the victim of Cesarean Section Malpractice. Please call our offices for a consultation, so our birth injury attorneys can review your case.