Delayed Emergency C-Section

What is a C-Section?

A cesarean section, or C-section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby. A C-section can be planned ahead of time – at the mother’s request or if pregnancy complications are anticipated, but many times is not considered until labor has begun.

When Does a Woman Need a C-section?

There are a number of situations in which a woman should have a C-section instead of a traditional vaginal delivery, including:

  • fetal distress
  • placental abruption, placental insufficiency, or placenta previa
  • uterine rupture
  • umbilical cord prolapse
  • baby is in breech position
  • baby has a diagnosed birth defect
  • mother had a previous C-section
  • mother has diabetes
  • mother is carrying multiples

If one or more of the above situations are present, the physician should recommend a C-section. Ideally, the recommendation can be made during pregnancy. But oftentimes, the need for the C-section is not discovered until the mother is in the labor or delivery room.

What can happen if the C-section is delayed?

A doctor should schedule a C-section if any of the above warning signs are present. Failing to do so is negligent and incompetent. If an emergency cesarean section is not performed within a half-hour of discovering a problem, serious birth injuries can occur, including:

  • brain damage
  • autism
  • cerebral palsy
  • developmental delays
  • physical injury

Thurswell Law Can Help You File a Birth Injury Claim

If your child suffers an illness or disability due to a delayed emergency C-section, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for medical expenses and long-term professional care. An attorney at Thurswell Law can walk you through the complicated legal process and represent you in your claim. Call us today at (248) 354-2222 for your free consultation.

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