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 the delivery is too dangerous, calling 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 an attorney. Contact Friedman Schuman to schedule a consultation.
When is a C-section needed?
Doctors must remain alert and monitor the mother and child before and throughout the delivery. When a doctor does not realize that there is a problem, the mother and baby can suffer. 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. Some signs of fetal distress can include high blood pressure in the mother and a decreased movement of the baby, just to name a few. 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”. One such situation may be if the mother is very small and the baby is upwards of ten pounds. It may be dangerous for such a small mother to try and deliver her baby, so a C-section may be the only safe way to deliver. 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
Complications 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 that could have been avoided with the right care. Exploring one’s legal options is important.
Contact a Montgomery County C-section injury attorney
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 30 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.