Commonly known as “C-sections,” cesarean sections are surgical procedures used to deliver infants when vaginal delivery is not safe or advised. Although C-section errors are relatively rare, they can and do happen—and the effects can be severe.
If you, your child, or your loved one suffered a serious injury or complications due to a C-section error, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and other damages. Reach out to Brown & Barron today to discuss your legal rights and options with our Annapolis C-section injury lawyers. We have more than 137 years of combined experience and have recovered some of the largest settlements and verdicts on behalf of victims of medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and the families of those wrongfully killed.
In the United States, C-sections are relatively common, accounting for more than 30% of all live births each year. However, these procedures are only advised in certain situations.
C-sections may be necessary or advised when:
- The infant is in the breech position
- The unborn child shows signs of fetal distress
- Labor is prolonged or fails to progress
- There are multiple unborn children (twins, triplets, etc.)
- The mother has had one or more previous C-sections
- The mother has certain health conditions that make vaginal delivery more dangerous
- The birth canal is obstructed
- There are issues with the placenta or umbilical cord
Because C-sections are major surgeries with various risks to both the mother and the child, most medical providers discourage elective C-sections. Medical providers have a duty of care to provide patients with everything needed to make informed decisions regarding their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of their unborn children.
Doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical providers also have a responsibility to recognize when C-sections are necessary and respond appropriately. Failure to order a timely C-section can have devastating or even deadly consequences.
Types of C-Section Injuries
Cesarean sections can affect both the mother and the unborn child.
Some relatively common C-section injuries to mothers include:
- Poor reactions to anesthesia and/or medications
- Blood clots, leading to heart attack, stroke, and other problems
- Infection of the uterine lining (endometritis)
- Damage to internal organs, such as the bladder or bowels
- Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)
- Objects left behind in the body following surgery
- Infections, including surgical site infections (SSIs) and sepsis
Additionally, mothers who have a C-section are more likely to require the procedure for future births. Those who attempt vaginal delivery after a C-section are at a heightened risk of serious and potentially life-threatening complications.
Unborn children are also at risk of certain C-section injuries, such as:
- Oxygen deprivation and birth asphyxia
- Brain damage, leading to cerebral palsy and other conditions
- Nerve damage and facial paralysis
- Broken bones/fractures
- Brachial plexus injuries, leading to Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy
- Soft tissue injuries and skin lacerations
- Breathing problems
In very severe cases, C-section errors can lead to maternal or fetal death. When this happens, surviving family members have the right to pursue justice.
Regardless of the details of your case, our Annapolis C-section injury lawyers can help you fight for the fair compensation you are owed. We are passionate about holding negligent medical providers and institutions accountable when they fail to provide patients with an acceptable standard of care, leading to severe injury or death.
Delayed C-Section or Failure to Order a C-Section
In addition to actual injuries occurring during the procedure itself, delayed C-sections and failure to order C-sections are considered types of C-section errors. When medical providers fail to order C-sections in a timely manner, unborn children and mothers can suffer severe or even fatal injuries.
Medical providers have a responsibility to recognize instances in which an emergency C-section is required. They must react appropriately and provide an acceptable standard of care to patients, including unborn children. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable.
If you, your child, or your loved one suffered because of a medical provider’s failure to order a timely C-section, reach out to Brown & Barron to discuss your legal rights and options during a complimentary case review.
Damages in C-Section Injury Cases
While every case is different, and the exact value of your claim will depend on numerous specific factors involved, there are certain types of damages available to most victims of C-section injuries and errors.
You could be entitled to financial compensation for your:
- Medical expenses, including projected future care costs
- Lost income or wages due to time taken off work to recover
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment/quality of life
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Wrongful death damages, such as funeral or burial expenses
Our attorneys fight for maximum compensation in every case. To date, we have recovered more than $82 million for our clients. We utilize all available evidence to build powerful cases and aggressively pursue the full, fair amount our clients are owed.
HOW OUR ANNAPOLIS C-SECTION ERROR ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
We understand that this is an extremely difficult time in your life. After a C-section error or injury, you should not have to worry about unexpected financial burdens associated with the event. Instead, allow our team at Brown & Barron to fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
We are here to handle every aspect of your claim, from gathering important documents and medical records to communicating with insurance adjusters for the liable party on your behalf.
Our attorneys are aggressive negotiators and are fully prepared to litigate your case, even if that means going to trial.
Throughout the entire process, we will remain consistently available and accessible to you. We offer highly personalized representation and compassionate counsel tailored to each individual’s unique circumstances. We have what it takes to guide you through the legal system, and we are committed to ensuring that you feel like family as you work with our attorneys and support staff.
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