C-Section medical malpractice and Birth Injuries Plague Mothers & Infants
Improperly performed Cesarean births (C-section procedures) lead to serious birth injuries to both infants and mothers, prompting a number of birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits in Ohio and around the country. Injuries to the baby or internal injuries to mother are the most common examples of what can go wrong in C-section birthing operations.
Doctors and hospitals have been steering patients toward (C-sections) more and more frequently, to reduce the risk of errors during delivery and to avoid birth-related malpractice lawsuits.
Nevertheless, physicians, nurses and hospitals continue to make mistakes that include recommending vaginal births to high-risk mothers, failing to perform timely C-sections and failing to perform the procedure correctly.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati, Ohio hospital negligence attorney and Ohio birth injury lawyer, well-versed in the science and economic impact of birth injuries and c-section medical malpractice.
What is a C-Section?
A Cesarean section, also called a C-section, is a common surgical procedure whereby a child is delivered through an incision made through the birthing mother’s abdomen. A Cesarean section is a serious operation, and the procedure should only be performed when necessary.
The procedure is usually utilized when a mother or child is in danger of harm. But the operation has its risks. Some doctors will take precaution, and choose not to perform the operation, which can lead to other delivery complications. Complications can affect both the unborn child and the mother. Bowel perforation, nerve damage, infection and blood clots can occur.
Failure to Perform C-Section Lawsuits
C-section medical malpractice can include failure to perform a C-section, as well as performing a C-section improperly. Even when a doctor recognizes that a C-section is necessary, the doctor must perform the procedure safely.
If a doctor does not perform the operation and a child or mother is injured as result, plaintiffs may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor for a failure to perform a c-section.
Delayed C Section Malpractice
If a C-section is performed but only too late, the medical team may be liable for not acting quickly enough, and contributing to birth injuries. Birth injuries and maternal injuries can be severe and can lead to birth defects and a lifetime of health problems.
Maternal deaths have occurred as a result of C section malpractice and other childbirth complications. Hospitals and medical staff have a legal duty to perform operations in a safe manner, and when they fail to protect a child and mother, legal cation may be necessary,
What is Fetal Distress?
Medical professionals are trained to recognize delivery complications such as maternal and fetal distress. There are signs of fetal distress, and maternal complications that must be detected in a timely manner to avoid injury and potential deaths.
Recognizing the need for a C -section is part of the basic medical standard of care for OB/GYNs. Fetal distress is a primary indicator of a C-section. Symptoms of fetal distress include an irregular heartbeat, fluctuating blood pressure or umbilical cord entanglement.
Doctors should also recognize pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, placenta previa and placenta abruptio when considering a potential C-section operation. When an OB/GYN misses these indicators and orders a natural childbirth, they may likely have committed medical malpractice.
Unnecessary C-Section Medical Malpractice
Certain risk factors, such as preeclampsia, warrant a C-section. Typically, C-section procedures are considered when either the mother or fetus show signs of distress, or when the delivery process has been very long or difficult and progress is negligible.
A Cesarean section can be effective in bypassing serious complications during birth. If the fetus is in distress, a C-section is usually performed. Obstetrical nurses, technicians, and doctors have a duty to monitor the fetal condition, and decide whether or not to perform a Cesarean section. A long delay in performing a C-section can have devastating consequences.
Fetal distress, often caused by an interruption of blood flow to the fetus, is the leading indicator that a C-section is required. An emergency C-section makes it possible to deliver a baby quickly and restore oxygen flow to the baby’s brain. Without a C-section, there could be a risk of fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy and infant death.
Doctors and nurses are trained to recognize fetal distress. If you have experienced negligent monitoring and doctors fail to perform a C-section causing serious injury or death, the physician and hospital may be liable and you may have a successful medical malpractice claim.
After delivery, some mothers will develop dangerous postpartum infections, and should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical staff have a duty to follow up with patients to prevent any postpartum complications.
C-Section Risks For Infants & Mothers
- Breathing Issues—Infants born by Cesarean section are more likely to develop abnormal breathing after birth. C-sections may increase the risk of respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult for a baby to breathe.
- Surgical Error—Cuts to your baby’s skin can occur
- Delivering too late—deprives infant of oxygen
- Bowel Laceration to birthing mother
- Bladder Injury to mother
- Blood Loss
- Retained Medical Instruments
- Inflammation and Infection of Uterus–Endometriosis
- Reactions to Anesthesia
- Blood Clots—The risk of developing a blood clot is greater after a C-section than after a vaginal delivery
- Wound infection
- Increased risks in future pregnancies
- Uterine rupture—Uterine rupture is a life-threatening emergency.
- Low Blood pressure
Cesarean Section Malpractice
The Lyon Firm builds evidence in birth injury and c-section medical malpractice cases through the use of obstetricians and medical experts to present the highest quality case on plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in large settlements that recovered medical costs and assisted in supplementing compensation for a plaintiff’s future.
If your family has been through the trauma of a birth injury after a C-section and suspect medical malpractice, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403.
You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio birth injury lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding c-section medical malpractice.