While it is often safe for a woman who has had a cesarean section in the past to deliver a baby naturally, there are risks and complications that can arise and it is important that doctors inform women of these risks and prepare for the need to address those complications during birth. Failure to do this can result in severe birth injuries to both the mother and the child.In some cases, complications from vaginal deliveries after cesarean can even cause the death of the mother or the child. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a personal injury law firm dedicated to representing the interests of those throughout Illinois who have been injured due to a physician’s or hospital’s act of negligence and is ready to fight on your behalf.
Serious Risks Associated with Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
Doctors are required to properly evaluate and advise women on the risks of vaginal births after cesarean sections and failure to do so can be grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. The risks include but are not limited to the following complications.
- Uterine rupture, often where the scar is located from the prior cesarean section. This complication is life threatening and results in the breach of the baby and placenta through the uterine wall and into the mother’s abdominal cavity. Hemorrhaging and fetal distress may result and doctors need to be prepared for an emergency cesarean in order to save the lives of both the baby and mother.
- Infections that result from the need to perform a cesarean anyway.
- Hemorrhaging or aggravation of the scar tissue created by the cesarean section during the prior birth.
One in four mothers who have had a cesarean section in the past and opt with a vaginal delivery the second time are still required to undergo a second cesarean due to prolonged labor or other factors.Determining Medical Malpractice
If your doctor failed to inform you of the risks associated with a vaginal delivery or improperly qualified you as a viable candidate for vaginal delivery, failed to make sure that the delivery was performed in a facility that could accommodate the need for an emergency cesarean, or didn’t properly monitor the child during the delivery for signs of fetal stress, you may be able to make a claim of medical malpractice or negligence. A negligent medical professional is liable for any injuries that occur as the result of malpractice and you may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical care and any pain and suffering that has occurred to you and your child.
If you or your child was injured during birth, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to arrange a free consultation so that a birth injury lawyer can cover your rights and legal options with you and go over the details of your case. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis and you will never be asked to pay upfront. If we don’t win or settle on your behalf, our services are free.