A cesarean section (c-section) is a surgical procedure performed to deliver a baby whose mother cannot give birth in the usual way. If properly executed, c-sections are considered to be relatively safe. This is particularly true when c-sections are planned as a result of proper monitoring and evaluation of the mother and baby during pregnancy. However, a mistake in performing a c-section or failing to properly monitor a mother and baby could result in serious personal injuries or the tragic death of an innocent baby. Unfortunately, these mistakes happen far too often.
Here at Cardaro & Peek, LLC, our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have handled many types of c-section cases including those resulting in catastrophic personal injuries to a mother or baby. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or lost a child due to mistakes in performing a c-section, call today to schedule a FREE consultation.
Four Common C-Section Errors
While there are many different complications that could be caused by negligence during a cesarean section surgery, the four most common errors include the following:
Delaying a C-Section
Those who have given birth understand the importance of timing during delivery. When labor pains start, every minute counts until the baby is delivered. Most deliveries can proceed naturally, but some cannot. Ideally, this is determined before labor starts with a birth plan. However, sometimes complications arise after labor starts and a c-section is the only option. Waiting too long to perform the surgery can result in severe or permanent harm to the mother and the baby. One of the most severe harms caused by delayed surgery is oxygen deficiency, leading to permanent brain damage through an anoxic (complete lack of oxygen) or hypoxic (decreased oxygen) injury.
Infection Caused by Improper Wound Closure
Another common complication after a c-section is a surgical site infection. Indeed, infections after any procedure—especially a c-section—can occur due to a wound that is not closed correctly. Therefore, each surgical team member must be completely aware of the hazards associated with wound closure. The likelihood of infection goes down enormously if the doctors uphold the standard of care while dressing wounds, skin closure, tissue closure, scrub techniques, and undertaking a postoperative examination. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.
Forgetting A Foreign Object in The Mother’s Body
Doctors need clamps, sponges, surgical blades, towels, and many other instruments to perform c-sections. A foreign item should never be unintentionally left inside the mother’s womb during a cesarean section. If the surgery team leaves an object in your body, it may take time to realize what happened which can cause infection, abscesses, and other complications. This can cause severe pain and negatively impact your quality of life. Removing the foreign item and fixing the damage it caused may necessitate more surgery and therapy, costing thousands of dollars.
Injuring Bowels and Internal Organs
A c-section is a surgical procedure and involving cutting. While it is required to cut into the uterus for a successful c-section, surgeons may accidentally cut the surrounding organs or muscle tissue. Because the uterus is so close to other vital organs like the bladder and bowels, injuring these organs is a standard c-section error. Obviously, injuries to your internal organs have serious consequences.
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