According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32% of child deliveries in the U.S. were cesarean sections (data from 2017). Cesarean deliveries (C-sections) are a significant surgical procedure required when natural childbirth may be harmful to the mother or infant. C-sections are major surgeries, and mistakes sometimes occur. However, when the error occurs as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, the complications may rise to the level of medical malpractice.
Categories of Malpractice
The first main category of medical malpractice related to C-sections is a failure to perform a C-section. Obstetrician-gynecologists are trained to recognize fetal or parental distress during all stages of pregnancy, and failure to perform a necessary C-section could result in a variety of complications for the mother and child. The second category is the failure to perform a C-section properly.
Emergency C-sections are crucial in some cases, but in certain situations, the doctor recognizes that a C-section is necessary long before the childbirth. Common conditions that should result in a C-section include placenta issues, carrying multiples, cord prolapse, and chronic health conditions. The doctor must recognize the signs and plan for a safe C-section.
An OB/GYN may recognize and even plan for a C-section, but he or she still has a duty to perform the procedure in a manner that adheres to the standard level of care. Unfortunately, negligent errors occur, and some can even be fatal. Common C-section errors include lacerated bowels, broken bones, oxygen deprivation, and improper wound closure.
Cardaro and Peek has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of brain damage, neurologic injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay caused by negligence during the prenatal period and at delivery and the failure to perform a cesarian section. While no two cases are alike, if you or your infant have been harmed as a result of a delayed or negligently performed cesarian section, the experienced lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
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