Birth Injury Caused by Failure to Perform a Timely Caesarean
A Caesarean, or c-section, is a common surgery used to deliver a child when natural childbirth could endanger the mother and/or child. Roughly one quarter of all births result in a c-section, often when complications arise during delivery related to health problems in the mother, the baby presenting in an abnormal position or expressing fetal distress, or when there is not enough room for the baby to go through the birth canal.
When complications are detected during birth, it is critical that medical practitioners take quick action to perform c-sections in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in serious birth injury to the child, including brain damage and cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation. In addition, during c-sections, sometimes mistakes are made, resulting in permanent injury or death.
Our Illinois birth injury lawyers have represented numerous clients who have suffered serious personal injuries as a result of medical malpractice during birth. Through our experience, our attorneys have learned to understand and identify the common signs and symptoms of medical malpractice during birth. If your child suffered brain damage due to a healthcare provider's failure to perform a c-section in a timely manner, contact an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.When a C-Section is Needed
There is an established medical standard that reasonable medical providers use as an indicator of when a c-section needs to be performed during delivery. Some of signs that a c-section needs to be performed include:
- When the fetus has an irregular heartbeat or blood pressure;
- Fetal distress; and
- When the fetus is entangled in the umbilical cord.
In addition—in leading up to childbirth—there can be obvious indications that a doctor should perform a c-section. Some of these include:
- Placenta previa;
- Placenta abruption; and
These conditions are so risky that they should be recognized early on, and a c-section should be pursued in place of natural childbirth. In addition, a c-section is also sometimes appropriate if the mother had a prior c-section, if she is having twins, or if the fetus is not in the normal position.If the doctor fails to notice the signs associated with these conditions, or fails to notice them in a timely manner, and the baby or mother are injured as a result, they have potentially committed medical negligence.
During a c-section, a surgical incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus in order to deliver the child when it is medically necessary. During this process, there is risk to both the baby and mother; a risk that if a mistake is made, it could result in internal bleeding, damage to organs, damage to nerves, heart complications, and others.Birth Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured by medical professionals failing to perform a c-section, or making a mistake while performing a c-section (including not performing the procedure in a timely manner), you need to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have worked on hundreds of cases like this. For example, we achieved a $4.5 million settlement for a child who suffered cerebral palsy when a physician failed to perform a timely c-section after fetal distress was detected. Call us at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or complete our online personal injury case form and someone will get back to you promptly for a free consultation.