Like any other major surgical procedure, cesarean section errors can and do occur from time to time. The procedure is carried out for the safety of the mother and baby. However, if the procedure is carried out incorrectly or unnecessarily, that could be grounds for a medical malpractice case. To better understand your particular case and what your options are, please contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek.
What is a Cesarean Section?
A cesarean section, also called a C-section, is a surgical procedure used to assist in the delivery of a baby. The doctor makes an incision in the mother’s abdomen, cutting through the uterus to deliver the baby through that surgical opening. Some mothers choose this procedure and some are forced into it when labor is too long or complicated. Due to the many complications that can occur, the delivery team must be careful while delivering the child and closing up the incision afterward as to not cause undue injury or harm to both the mother and baby. Unfortunately, death of the mother is more likely for women who have a cesarean delivery than for women who have a vaginal birth.
Risks and Common Errors
Common cesareans section errors are unnecessarily carrying out the procedure, waiting too long to perform the procedure, and performing the procedure incorrectly. Sometimes, the complications come from the reason for the cesarean delivery, not the procedure itself. For example, if the mother is not sufficiently monitored and an emergency requiring a C-section occurs, there may not be time to get an epidural or spinal anesthetic (because these forms of anesthesia are complicated to get), and the doctors may resort to using general anesthesia. In these cases, complications can arise from the use of general anesthesia.
When carrying out the procedure, the doctor cannot afford to make mistakes. Common cesarean section errors can include lacerations to the mother’s organs or even the child, broken bones, and oxygen deprivation. The mother’s after-care is essential too. If the mother bleeds too much, it may cause a postpartum hemorrhage. This can happen when an organ is cut, the blood vessels aren’t stitched up completely, or there is an emergency during labor. It could also be caused by a tear in the vagina or nearby tissue, a large episiotomy, or a ruptured uterus. Some women have problems clotting blood. In these cases, it’s difficult to stop bleeding after any type of cut, tear, or bruise.
About 6% of deliveries result in postpartum hemorrhaging. Hemorrhages are emergencies, and should be treated immediately by a doctor. Furthermore, an improperly closed wound can lead to an infection. If bacteria are in the uterus, a cesarean delivery incision may result in endometritis (infection of the uterus). In short, there are a multitude of issues that can arise during a C-section, and if the doctors make a mistake, it can result in serious injury to the mother and/or the baby.
Such results can indicate a breach in the standard of care expected from your doctors. If any of the above injuries happened to you or a loved one, the injured mother may file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible medical professional for the injuries sustained due to the malpractice.
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