A Cesarean section, also known as a C-section, is a conventional operation doctors use to reduce the risk of complications during labor. C-sections account for about a third of all births in the United States. While C-sections are standard procedures, occasionally, problems do occur. Most doctors are able to deal with cesarean section complications, but there are times when the mother or child is unnecessarily harmed. More commonly, medical malpractice cases result from the failure to order an emergency C-section when complications arise during the labor process.
When is a C-Section Warrented?
Not all births require a C-section. If both mother and child are healthy and not in distress, then the vaginal birth can proceed as usual. A C-section can be planned before labor begins, or it can be an unplanned, emergency C-section. Unplanned, emergency C-sections are performed when:
- Labor is not progressing after many hours
- Uterine rupture is suspected
- The placenta is either blocking the birth canal or has begun to detach
- The baby or mother shows signs of distress
- The umbilical cord wraps around the baby’s neck
How Long Should an Emergency C-Section Take?
A C-section delivery procedure only takes a few minutes. Just a 5-minute delay in performing a C-section could mean the difference between a healthy baby and permanent brain damage. If a baby’s oxygen supply is obstructed during delivery, every second counts. A delivery team should be able to perform an emergency C-section in less than 15 minutes.
Consequences of A Delayed C-Section
If a C-section is delayed unnecessarily, there can be several different birth injuries that can occur. These can include oxygen deprivation, a brain bleed, umbilical cord problems, placental abruption, or cerebral palsy. In addition, the pain and suffering this can cause to a newborn, the mother, and their family can bring on excessive medical expenses, potentially lost wages, emotional distress, and other consequences.
Why Should You File a Claim
Medical malpractice claims take time and money. Attorneys specializing in malpractice cases usually do not charge for their initial consultation and will represent you on a contingency fee basis. Contingency means the attorney will not get any fees unless your case is settled or won in court. If you or your baby were hurt by a delayed or improper C-section, you deserve fair compensation.
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