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Injuries that Resulted from a Delayed C-Section

Nearly one-third of all birth deliveries are cesarean sections. Some of these C-sections are elective (meaning that this method of delivery was preferred by the mother), while others are performed for medical reasons. These procedures are much more common than they used to be, and doctors are generally more knowledgeable about identifying risk factors during a pregnancy or birth and determining when a C-section should be performed.

This pregnant woman could be injured from a delayed C-section.

Mothers depend heavily on the advice and the judgment of healthcare professionals to determine whether they and their baby will be best served by a C-section or a vaginal birth.
Unfortunately for mothers and their newborns, doctors don’t always make the right call when it comes to the timing of a C-section. The results for a family can be nothing short of disastrous.

The delayed C-section injury attorneys at Stephenson Rife can help you hold negligent healthcare professionals accountable for their malpractice. We have fought for many families to earn compensation for the devastating injuries suffered because of a doctor’s mistakes.

Doctors Are Expected to Know What to Look For

Delayed C-section malpractice.

Doctors, especially those with any experience with pregnancy, should be able to determine when a C-section is necessary. Some typical characteristics that doctors will look for include:

  • If a mother has had a C-section before
  • If the fetus is over a certain weight
  • If the mother has certain infections or medical conditions
  • If there is the possibility of a breech birth
  • If the fetus is in distress or there is a blockage of blood flow to the baby during the birthing process.

These warning signs, along with many others, should prompt a doctor to act as quickly as possible to perform a C-section. Professionals are expected to know when it is in the best interest of a mother and/or the baby for this procedure to take place. A responsible doctor will not only look for warning signs well before a mother goes into labor, they will also look for warning signs once labor begins.

Once they come to that realization, they must respond quickly.

A Delayed C-Section Can Have Lasting Consequences

If a medical professional fails to act quickly once they see the signs of a complication, their mistakes can have serious, lasting consequences for a mother and the newborn child. There are several possible outcomes of a delayed C-section, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Birth hypoxia, or blockage of oxygen to the brain
  • Developmental problems in a child
  • A risk for other serious birth injuries.
A delayed C-Section injury calls for legal support from a C-Section lawyer.

Birth injuries can cause a great deal of pain and suffering to a mother or a child. They can also cause many setbacks for a family, some of which might last throughout the entire life of the injured baby. For example, the lifetime costs of cerebral palsy alone can be close to $1 million, once direct and indirect costs are factored in. Sadly, a birth injury can lead to a lifetime of financial hardships, expensive medical care, ongoing treatment, difficulties earning income and a diminished quality of life.

If your child’s injuries are due to a delayed C-section, you might be able to find justice through a medical malpractice claim. Our Indiana medical malpractice attorney have years of experience investigating and handling these types of cases. We help you determine the cause of your child’s injuries and find out who might be at fault. Medical malpractice claims provide a family with the opportunity to hold a negligent doctor accountable for the damage they’ve caused and can often result in payments that help a family cope with the incredible emotional and financial fallout resulting from a birth injury. Contact Stephenson Rife at 317-680-2501 today to learn more about how we can help you.

Attorney Mike Stephenson

Indiana Attorney Mike StephensonMike Stephenson has 40 years of experience and is a trusted advisor to many individuals and companies. His current practice is dominated by civil litigation in state and federal courts. He focuses much of his time on handling catastrophic injuries caused by all types of accidents, including motor vehicle, trucking, workplace injuries, product liability, and fire, just to name a few. He also works extensively in construction accidents. [ Attorney Bio ]

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