Birth Injuries Due to C-section Complications
In the U.S. it is estimated that anywhere from 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 births are now performed by C-section procedures. A mother may choose to deliver by C-section prior to going into labor, or your doctor may find it necessary to use the method during labor for various reasons. A C-section is a surgical procedure that needs to be handled just as any other procedure – with the utmost care and diligence.
When you experience C-section complications and injury during the delivery process, this can harm both you and your newborn. Many injuries that result from C-section complications can have lifelong consequences for you or your child. Your doctor should be diligent in preventing C-section complications and explain the risks involved in the procedure. If you feel your doctor was negligent in the handling of your C-section, you may need to consult a birth injury attorney to discuss your potential malpractice claim.
Risk Factors Leading to C-section Complications
A C-section is a serious surgical procedure that should be treated just as any other surgery would be.
As with any surgical procedure you may face the following risks of complications:
- serious bleeding during or after surgery;
- organ damage;
- reactions to anesthesia or medications; and/or
- rupture of incision.
There are also unique C-section complications such as:
- perforation of the bowels or intestines during incision;
- adhesion development on the uterus;
- improperly replaced organs resulting in blockage;
- extended recovery time; and
- increased risks in future pregnancies.
Whether your C-section was planned ahead of time or on an emergency basis, if you suffered unnecessary C-section complications because of a doctor or nurse’s negligence you should contact a birth injury attorney. You may need to file a medical malpractice claim if you or your child required additional medical care due to an error in your C-section operation.
When a C-section Is Necessary
Some mothers decide to have a C-section delivery even before they go into labor. In many cases, this is suggested to protect the health of both mother and baby, such as when the baby is known to be too big to deliver vaginally, there are multiple fetuses, or the mother has other medical complications that would make a vaginal birth too risky.
During a vaginal birth, your doctor may determine a C-section is necessary when the birth is difficult, taking too long, or endangering the life of the mother or child. This is a decision that needs to be made quickly and carefully to prevent injury to you and your newborn. Even when the decision is made in an emergency, your doctor must take care to perform the procedure properly. Any injuries resulting in negligence during a C-section should be brought to the attention of a (440) 252-4399.