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C-Section Delivery Errors

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In the United States, approximately 1 in every 3 births is performed via a Cesarean section, or a C-section. Even though this procedure is considered common practice, it can be extremely dangerous and damaging if performed incorrectly or unnecessarily delayed. C-sections can be an beneficial alternative to the natural birth process, especially if there are complications during labor. However, if a doctor makes a mistake during the C-section, it could result in serious harm to both the mother and the unborn baby.

Our experienced New Mexico birth injury attorneys at Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. understand how difficult it is to deal with the repercussions of a birth injury. No parent should have to worry about their sick or injured infant, especially if the harm they’ve suffered was caused by medical malpractice or negligence. If you or your child was injured during a C-section, our firm wants to help you seek justice and compensation. We have ample experience working with injured mothers and infants, and we have obtained multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients.

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Reasons for C-Section Delivery

During a Cesarean section, the baby is delivered through a surgical incision made in the mother’s abdomen. Even though this procedure is common, a C-section is a major surgery and patients run the risk of internal bleeding, infection, blood clots, and organ damage. C-section deliveries should only be performed when medically necessary, though more and more doctors are now adopting the method of scheduled births via pre-arranged C-sections. In most cases, C-sections are performed if the unborn baby is in distress or if the mother is unable to deliver the baby naturally.

Doctors commonly perform C-sections for the following reasons:

  • The baby is in the breech position
  • Uterine rupture
  • Placental eruption
  • Placenta previa
  • The mother is not progressing through labor
  • The mother has diabetes
  • The mother has active genital herpes
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Fetal distress
  • Preeclampsia
  • The mother has already had a C-section in the past

Types of C-Section Injuries

If a doctor makes a mistake during a C-section delivery, the mother and baby could end up injured, ill, or worse. Although a positive outcome is never guaranteed in any surgical procedure, some injuries might occur because of avoidable mistakes or medical negligence.

Fetal Lacerations: If the doctor isn’t careful, he or she may cut into the baby when making the incision through the mother’s abdomen. Even small lacerations can damage the baby’s tiny nerves and muscles, but deeper cuts could sever limbs or cause permanent damage.

Anesthesia Injuries: Anesthesia errors can occur during any type of surgery, usually because the dosage is incorrect or the patient suffers an allergic reaction. Expectant mothers are sometimes put under general anesthesia, but usually they are given spinal anesthesia to numb the pain. Too little of the medication could cause the patient to wake during surgery, or it might not be enough to ensure pain relief. Other anesthesia complications could lead to a drop in blood pressure, internal bleeding, blood clots, placenta previa, or placental abruption.

Infections: When the mother has an existing infection, it could spread to the baby during birth if the medical staff isn’t careful or if the doctor failed to diagnose the infection prior to the surgery. Contaminated surgical instruments used during surgery or in post-surgical care might also cause infections.

Infant Distress: The baby should be monitored for signs of fetal distress during a C-section. However, if the doctor fails to monitor the baby properly, or fails to act quickly to rectify the situation, the baby’s distress could cause infant brain damage and other serious issues.

Delayed C-Section: Doctors have a duty to provide care for their patients, and when doctors fail to order necessary C-sections, their lack of action could put the baby and mother at risk. A doctor might also fail to perform a C-section when needed, which could put the baby in danger, causing fetal distress and triggering several other health issues.

If your child was harmed during a C-section delivery, our firm wants to help you seek justice and compensation for the resulting damage. Birth injuries can be extremely traumatic, may cause lasting damage, and can be expensive to treat. Our firm wants to work with you to ensure that your family receives the legal representation you need and deserve.

Contact Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. today to discuss your options with our New Mexico birth injury attorneys.

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