C-sections are a necessity in some situations. There are a number of reasons for which a mother may need to have a C-section. In some cases, C-sections are planned far in advance. In others, the doctor may realize that vaginal delivery is too dangerous and call for an emergency C-section. Unfortunately, in some situations, doctors and nurses fail to realize when this call should be made, which can result in a devastating birth injury. If you believe that negligence resulted in a birth injury, it is important to discuss your case with our C-section injury attorneys. Contact Friedman Schuman to schedule a consultation.
When is a C-section needed?
A doctor and their team have the responsibility of monitoring the health of the baby before, during, and after the birth. If there are signs of fetal distress, the doctors may need to perform a C-section. Fetal distress occurs if there is a lack of oxygen for the baby. Signs of fetal distress can include high blood pressure in the mother and a decreased movement of the baby. If a doctor or nurse fails to notice fetal distress, they may be considered negligent.
There are also some cases in which the mother and her doctor pre-determined that the birth should happen via C-section, often when the birth is considered “high risk.” Another example of a need for a C-section includes when the fetus is in an abnormal position such as breech or transverse.
C-Section complications can lead to birth injuries
Numerous negligent actions of healthcare providers during C-sections can result in an infant’s injuries. If the doctor did not declare that a C-section was necessary but chose to use forceps or a vacuum extractor instead, the baby could suffer injuries. If a baby was stuck in the birth canal because his or her shoulders were too wide, the baby could have suffered from brachial plexus injuries, classified by serious nerve damage. If an infant suffers from a birth injury, the parents may be subject to unexpected medical bills and lifelong expenses that could have been avoided with the right care. Exploring one’s legal options is important.
Contact our C-section injury attorneys at Friedman Schuman today
If your family has been impacted by a birth injury that may have been the result of negligence, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. At Friedman Schuman, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of a family who has been impacted by a doctor’s negligence. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.