C-Section Delay Lawyers Helping Families with Chicago Birth Injury Cases
In certain births, delivery of a baby is not safe for the mother or the child through the vaginal canal. There are several reasons this may be the case, including health issues of the mother and problems during labor. In these circumstances, the baby is delivered by performing a cesarean section or C-section surgery to remove the baby through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen.
These surgeries are one of the most common surgeries performed and are used in an estimated 1 out of 4 childbirths. While C-sections are generally done to protect the mother and child from injury, when mistakes are made during a c-section birth, it can cause severe injuries, permanent brain damage and even death to the infant.
Experienced Birth Injury Attorneys Committed to Helping Your Family
When your infant has been injured by mistakes surrounding a surgical procedure, you need an attorney to help you file a medical malpractice claim. The birth injury lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the serious injury that your infant has suffered. Call us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how you can file a birth injury case.
Reasons for Performing a C-Section
Many necessary c-sections are planned surgical procedures due to a condition that is known during pregnancy. These preplanned surgeries are often due to a health problem with the mother, such as heart or kidney disease, where the stress of labor may put the mother at risk. Other reasons a C-section may be planned is when there are multiple babies, risk of spreading an infection from the mother to the child or if the baby is in a breach position.
In other cases, there is an emergency c-section due to problems before or during delivery. These are the most precarious as the obstetrician must make the decision to change to a C-section in time to overcome the problem and prevent injury or death to the mother and child. Reasons for an unplanned C-section include:
- Labor is too slow, too difficult or stops completely
- Baby shows signs of fetal distress or there is a drop in the fetal heart rate
- Child is too large for birth canal making vaginal delivery impossible.
- Placenta or umbilical cord pose risk to the child
Once the decision is made to perform an emergency C-section, it is imperative that the medical team take all precautions are made to prevent injury to both the child and mother. Although the risks of C-Section injuries are low, many happen due to mistakes by the medical staff performing the surgery.
C-Section Mistakes That Can Cause Infant Injuries
As in any surgery, there are risks when performing a C-section. The use of anesthesia as well as trauma from the incision can cause complications. However, there are many times that injuries are caused not from the surgery but instead by errors made by the surgeon and their staff which are completely preventable. Mistakes that can cause injury to the infant are:
- One of the most common injuries in C-sections to the newborn are cuts or lacerations from the incision. These can cause additional trauma to the child, scarring and even excess blood loss.
- Broken bones. When removed incorrectly from the incision, the child may suffer broken bones which may lead to deformity if not corrected.
Any of these may be considered negligence by medical professionals.
A Delayed C-Section Is a Primary Cause of Developmental Delay & Birth Injury
One of the most dangerous mistakes that can be made involving a C-section delivery is the physician delaying the surgery. During labor, the infant should be monitored for any signs of distress. If the labor is too difficult or taking too long, it is imperative that the doctor makes the decision to remove the child by cesarean section as soon as possible. Delaying the procedure even a few minutes more than needed can have dire consequences for the infant. The largest risk is hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the brain. There is also a risk of placental abruption. The result of this unnecessary delay can cause:
- Brain damage that can result in mental deficiencies
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Lung or heart problems
Was Your Child Injured During A C-Section?
Injury to a child during a C-section or due to the delay of the procedure that results in permanent damage or even worse, the loss of the child, is too often due to medical errors.
It is heart breaking that such a common procedure can cause such damage to a child and their family when done incorrectly. If your child suffered an injury during childbirth due to errors regarding a C-section procedure, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injury or loss of your child. This can include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Professional medical care
- Lost wages
Our team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are prepared to meet with you and your family free of charge to discuss your case and give you legal advice. We will work with medical experts to review the medical records of what happened to help you in filing your case.
We are experienced in medical malpractice law and have won many cases involving child birth injuries. Call us today to schedule your no-obligation appointment with one of our attorneys to learn more about your legal rights.