Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are routine surgical procedures used as an alternative to natural childbirth. Although C-sections are very common, mistakes can—and do—happen.
If you or someone you love was injured due to a C-section error, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Reach out to the team at Brown & Barron to discuss your legal rights and options during a complimentary case review.
Our Baltimore C-section injury attorneys have successfully represented numerous clients who suffered devastating, life-altering injuries due to medical providers’ negligence. We have the necessary resources, experience, and skill to effectively advocate for you.
A cesarean section (C-section) is the surgical delivery of an unborn child. The procedure involves an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterine wall, allowing medical providers to physically remove the baby when natural childbirth may be dangerous to the mother and/or child.
C-sections are considered routine, but they are also major surgeries. As such, these procedures are only advised when medically necessary. Like any other surgery, C-sections carry certain risks, such as excessive bleeding (hemorrhaging) and infection.
However, most C-sections are performed successfully and without incident. When mothers and newborns suffer cesarean section injuries, it is possible that a medical provider committed an error or otherwise failed to uphold the standard of care.
Common C-Section Errors
C-section errors are separate from side effects and known risks associated with these surgeries. Rather, they represent a breach of the standard of care, meaning a medical provider committed a preventable mistake due to negligence, carelessness, or wrongful conduct.
Some relatively common C-section errors include:
- Failure to Perform: Medical providers must know and adequately respond to signs of fetal distress, maternal distress, and prenatal indicators that a child should be born via C-section. Failure to perform an emergency C-section or pre-planned C-section, leading to maternal or fetal injury, could indicate medical malpractice.
- Untimely C-Section: In certain situations, such as when labor is prolonged or when a fetus begins to exhibit signs of fetal distress, emergency C-sections become necessary. Medical providers have a duty to recognize when an emergency C-section is required and must act quickly to avoid causing injury to the mother or the baby.
- Damage to Internal Organs: During a C-section, medical providers must follow strict standards of care to avoid surgical injury. One relatively common surgical error is damage to the mother’s internal organs and structures, such as lacerated bowels, intestines, or damage to the bladder.
- Excessive Blood Loss: Excessive blood loss, or hemorrhaging, may occur during a C-section. This typically requires a timely blood transfusion to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby. Failure to prevent, respond to, or stop excessive blood loss may indicate medical negligence.
- Broken Bones: Both the mother and the unborn child may suffer broken bones or bone fractures during a botched C-section. Such injuries often indicate that a medical provider failed to uphold the standard of care during the procedure.
- Injuries to the Unborn Child: In addition to broken bones/fractures, the unborn child may suffer a variety of injuries due to C-section errors. Examples include cuts or lacerations, injuries to the eyes or face, and oxygen deprivation, leading to brain damage and other complications.
- Improper Wound Closure: Failure to properly close surgical wounds can lead to life-threatening infections, such as sepsis. Medical providers should not only take steps to ensure proper wound closure but must also properly treat C-section infections that do arise.
If you, your child, or your loved one suffered a serious injury or tragically passed away due to any type of C-section error, you are likely entitled to compensation for your damages. Reach out to our team at Brown & Barron to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
COMPENSATION FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY C-SECTION ERRORS
C-section injuries are often very serious, necessitating extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Such injuries can cause significant physical and mental pain and suffering in addition to considerable financial hardships.
By filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party, you can seek fair financial compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you and your family have sustained due to a C-section error. While every case is unique, those affected by C-section errors are often able to recover certain types of damages.
These damages may include:
- All medical expenses related to the C-section error or injury
- Projected future medical treatment and care costs
- Lost income or wages resulting from work missed due to the injury
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Loss of earning ability and future income due to permanent injury
- Funeral or burial expenses (in cases involving wrongful death)
No matter how complex your situation may be, our Baltimore C-section error attorneys are committed to helping you fight for maximum compensation. We are driven by our mission to not only help victims of medical negligence obtain justice but also to force change within the medical community to ensure healthcare services are safer for all.
How Our C-Section Injury Attorneys Can Help
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