Failure To Perform A Timely Caesarean
Caesareans, also known as C-sections, are procedures used to safely delivery babies when a traditional vaginal birth is either not possible or unsafe for the mother and/or child. Caesareans include an incision made directly into the abdomen and uterus so the baby, and sometimes the uterus itself (also known as a caesarean hysterectomy), can be safely removed from the mother’s body. Caesareans can be performed on women who opt for them ahead of time in an effort to make the delivery go smoother, but they are most typically performed in cases of emergency.
Caesareans are sometimes the safest and most effective method available for a delivery due to numerous reasons. A doctor may decide to perform a C-section if a labor has gone on for too long, endangering the lives of both mother and child. If labor has stalled, for example, a baby may suffer from hypoxia (lack of proper oxygen distribution to bodily tissues) and thereby develop brain damage.
C-sections are also performed when fetuses have become entangled in the umbilical cord, or if the umbilical cord has imbedded into the uterine wall. Breech births may also require a C-section delivery if the baby is not in a suitable position for vaginal delivery, and cannot be moved. Other conditions like placenta previa, placental abruption, and uterine rupture will usually require C-sections to ensure a safe delivery as well.
These are just a few examples of reasons for caesarean births. Whether or not a mother has a C-section performed will depend on their doctor’s counsel. Failure to perform a C-section in a timely manner, when an emergency situation occurs, can result in severe birth injuries or even death. Should a mistake like this happen, the doctor in charge is responsible.
When It Matters
Doctors must be able to decide when a C-section is necessary and perform them immediately to prevent serious birth injury. For example, if a baby is showing signs of fetal distress, a doctor must plan for an emergency C-section and deliver the baby as quickly as is safely viable. Failing to deliver a child who is suffering from fetal distress can cause irreparable brain damage due to birth asphyxia.
If a certified doctor, or team of doctors, fails to perform a C-section in a timely manner, and the baby and/or mother’s health suffers, they should be held accountable.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a birth injury which could have been prevented via an emergency C-section that was not performed, or was delayed, contact Shea Law Group. We have experienced lawyers who will dedicate themselves to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. We never collect until we win you case. Receive a free initial consultation when you call 1-877-365-0040 now.