Medical Malpractice

Cesarean Section (C-Section) Mistakes

Cesarean Section (C-Section) Mistakes

Childbirth should be an exciting and joyous occasion, but it is not without its risks. Sometimes when a delivery becomes prolonged or if the unborn fetus becomes distressed, a Cesarean or C-Section birth may be the only way to avoid serious harm to a mother and her child. The decision to perform a Cesarean or C-Section should be taken seriously by the obstetrician, and C-Section should be offered and/or recommended as appropriate, even if the recommending provider cannot perform the surgery.

That means that if your baby is being delivered by a midwife or another provider who does not have surgical privileges at your hospital, they still should make this recommendation when it is appropriate, and provide a referral to a doctor who can perform the procedure.

A delay or failure to perform a Cesarean or C-Section could have devastating consequences, resulting in catastrophic injuries for both mother and child.

Common Injuries to Unborn Caused by Delayed C-section

  • Fetal injury—including bruises, injuries from instruments used in delivery such as forceps, and broken bones
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Hypoxia
  • Brain and/or nerve damage
  • Infection
  • If the mother is suffering from pre-eclampsia or eclampsia and delivery is delayed, this could result in serious injury or death for both mother and baby.

It is an obstetrician’s and/or midwife’s responsibility to realize when a C-section is necessary and to perform the procedure safely or refer the patient to someone who can perform the procedure.

Obstetricians and midwives are also required to inform patients of the potential risks and benefits associated with vaginal delivery and c-section. Doing so allows patients to make an informed choice even in an emergency situation. If you or your child has suffered a serious injury caused by a doctor’s or midwife’s failure or delay to safely perform (or recommend) a C-section delivery, you have the right to seek compensation. In the case of a seriously injured child, this may include a claim for life-long physical, emotional and mental injuries.

Burg Simpson can help. Call us today to discuss your situation.


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