Many complications may arise as a result of a failure to perform a Cesarean section, or C-section, needlessly putting the well-being of the mother and child at stake. Some of the birth injuries an infant may suffer from can lead to developmental conditions, such as Erb’s Palsy or cerebral palsy, for which there are no cures and typically require life-long care. Some of the complications that could occur during labor can be diagnosed during prenatal care, however, making it possible to avoid these types of injuries.
A skilled, experienced, and diligent doctor should be able to recognize any warning signs that may warrant the need for a C-section. As such, this procedure is sometimes planned. Common reasons for planning a C-section include:
- The baby is in a head down position close to the delivery date.
- The mother is carrying more than one baby.
- The mother has high blood pressure.
- The mother has an infection that could be transferred to the baby.
- The estimated weight of the baby is 9 pounds or more.
Unplanned C-sections are also quite common. During pre-delivery, a doctor might determine that this procedure is necessary for the safety the mother or baby. Some of the reasons why an unplanned C-section might be necessary include:
- The baby or mother are exhibiting signs of distress.
- Delayed or difficult labor.
- The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck.
Failure or delay to perform a C-section can cause serious injury to mother and child. Common birth injuries that stem from this failure include:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial Plexus
A delayed C-section might even be potentially fatal for the mother, possibly leading to excessive blood loss.
At The Simon Law Firm, P.C., our birth injury attorneys represent mothers, children, and their families in Missouri and across the nation, holding healthcare providers responsible for making life-altering, and sometimes fatal mistakes.
Call us today at (855) 809-7080 to learn about how our birth injury lawyers can help you fight for compensation. We offer free consultations.