The birth of a new baby should be one of the most joyous times of your life. When a C-section results in injuries or death, it can be physically and emotionally devastating. You have the right to compensation for C-section injuries you or your baby suffered during delivery.
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C-Section Injuries Lawsuits & Injury Cases
To file a medical malpractice lawsuit due to a C-section birth injury, you must be able to prove your medical team was negligent or failed to meet the acceptable standard of care in your state. You also need to be able to prove you have recoverable damages. Recoverable damages include economic damages that compensate you for lost wages, current medical expenses, and future medical care. Recoverable damages can also include noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
Because a team of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals participated in performing your C-section, you will also need to determine who is liable for the injuries you suffered. In addition to these factors, you must file your case in accordance with your state’s deadline.
It can be difficult and time-consuming to gather all the information you need, identify the correct parties to pursue, and meet all state guidelines and timelines for filing your case. The attorneys at Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you prepare and file an accurate claim against the right parties.
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C-Section Injury Types
If you have recently undergone a C-section, and you or your baby suffered one of these injuries, you may be eligible for compensation:
- Fetal distress
- Placental abruption
- Undiagnosed blood clots
- Nicks and cuts to the baby
- A wound that does not heal
- An infection at the wound site
- Unintended injury to your bladder
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Severe and unrelenting headaches
C-Section Injury Causes
C-section injuries can result from:
- Improperly administered anesthesia
- Use of anesthesia that you are allergic to
- Mishandled surgical tools
- Physician error
- Surgical error
- Waiting too long to perform a necessary C-section
C-Section Injury Symptoms
The symptoms you or your new baby experience following a C-section might include cuts, lacerations, and difficulty breathing for the baby. You might suffer from C-section injury symptoms like extensive pain, a surgical scar that does not heal in a timely fashion, prolonged fever, or discharge from the wound.
C-Section Injuries Diagnosis and Treatment
Because C-section injuries can take on a variety of forms, the diagnoses and treatments vary according to the injury you may have suffered. Some of the injuries that could result from a C-section include postpartum hemorrhage, negative or allergic reactions to anesthesia, and infection at the site of the surgical scar.
In addition to injuries the mother may suffer, a baby delivered by C-section might also experience cuts and nicks from surgical instruments, respiratory complications, and lengthy hospital stays.
C-Section Injuries Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If I Have Experienced C-Section Injuries?
If you experience symptoms related to C-section injuries, seek medical attention immediately. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for include:
- Persistent fever
- Oozing, draining, or a foul odor at the incision site
- Redness and tenderness at the incision site
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive bleeding from the vagina that does not slow or stop over time
Can C-Section Injuries Be Fatal?
A C-section is a serious surgical procedure. When it goes wrong, some injuries could prove fatal for mother and for baby. One of the conditions you might develop during, or as a result of, a cesarean delivery is blood clots. In some cases, these clots can potentially travel to your legs, pelvic organs, and lungs and cause death.
Who Is Liable For C-Section Injuries?
On your own, it can be difficult to determine who to hold responsible for C-section injuries. You may have a case against the physician who treated you, the anesthesiologist who administered drugs during your delivery, or even the hospital. An attorney can help you determine the right party to pursue the financial compensation you deserve.
What Is the Statute Of Limitations For C-Section Injuries?
Each state in the US limits the amount of time you have to file a claim for C-section injuries due to medical malpractice, however, the specific limits vary from state to state. Contact a lawyer familiar with the laws in your state in order to learn more.
A lawyer can help you understand additional time limitations that might apply to the infant.
Additionally, a statute of repose could remove some of your legal rights to sue the doctors and hospitals who caused your C-section injuries if your case is not filed within specific timelines. Call 1-800-222-9529 to connect with a lawyer who can help you. Your lawyer can help you understand the timeline of your claim and avoid overstepping the time limits.
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C-Section Injuries Frequently Asked Questions
- What Are Fetal Lacerations?
Fetal lacerations are injuries that occur to a newborn during a C-section delivery. These nicks and cuts are typically due to errors in the handling and application of medical implements like scalpels, forceps, and other surgical tools.
- What Is Hemorrhaging?
Hemorrhaging is the loss of profuse amounts of blood. When a hemorrhage occurs in the aftermath of C-section delivery, it is called postpartum hemorrhage or PPH. PPH is characterized by heavy bleeding from the vagina that does not decrease or stop on its own and is accompanied by symptoms like fever, chills, dizziness, or nausea.
- What Are Anesthesia Injuries?
Anesthesia injuries are instances where a patient suffers an adverse reaction to too much or too little anesthesia. Anesthesia injuries also occur when a patient is not correctly monitored during anesthetic sedation or is given an anesthetic to which they are allergic.
Find A Birth Injury Lawyer Near Me
If your baby suffered injuries as a result of a negligent C-section, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529 to find a lawyer in your state who can help with your birth injury lawsuit.
C-Section Injury News
It is easy to put someone under with anesthesia. It’s much more difficult to do it safely and keep them under, even for something like an epidural. A mother in England swore off of getting pregnant ever again after her epidural wore off in the middle of her C-section. Metro reported on the incident.
The mother was undergoing a difficult birth. Two days of labor had passed and still her baby refused to be born. When the baby’s heart rate began to slow from the contractions, the doctors rushed her in for an emergency c-section.
She already had an epidural installed when she was induced and the doctors upped the dosage of pain medication. However, it wasn’t enough. Due to the circumstances, the mother was barely able to answer the doctor’s questions on whether she could feel anything.
According to her account, the first cut felt like slight pressure. But when they started to move the muscles aside she felt intense pain. Her blood pressure rose to the point where the doctors made the decision to give her full general anesthesia.
It took an hour and a half for the procedure to finish and for her to be able to hold her baby. Thankfully, both mother and child survived the procedure. Yet due to the pain of the experience, she has vowed to never become pregnant again.
Not every doctor has the interest of their patients in mind. They can be quick to blame the patient for a medical error, even if it’s a baby. An egregious case comes out of Russia that has made the news. The Digital Wise reports.
A young mother had hoped to give birth naturally at a public hospital in southwest Russia. However, doctors said that the baby had changed position and that the mother required a C-section. An epidural failed to block the pain, so they put her under with intravenous anesthesia.
When she woke up, her baby was delivered. However, there was a scalpel scar on the baby’s face. Doctors told her that her baby “shouldn’t have moved so much”.
The mother has also caught a fever following the c-section and is on antibiotics despite breastfeeding the baby. The hospital hasn’t explained their actions yet.
This is a horrifying case and we hope that the mother and the baby are able to receive compensation under the laws of their country. We trust surgeons to know how to wield a scalpel, especially for delicate situations like this. If the blade had caught the child’s eyes, she could have been born permanently blind.
Blaming the injury on a child who is just being born is awful. We hope that this family receives justice.
Mothers have a choice between having a natural vaginal birth and a cesarean section birth for their babies. Some women want to opt for a cesarean section because it’s much faster than most vaginal births, but it does carry some risks. Business Insider talks about some of these risks.
The procedure usually takes around 45 minutes. After a spinal anesthetic is given to numb you from the waist down, the doctors make incisions to cut down to the womb, then pull out the baby and repair the incisions.
It sounds like a dream compared to the 12-24 hours of labor for most new mothers, but C-sections cause increased risks of clots, blood loss, infections, and bowel/bladder injuries. That said, it is still a safe procedure.
Doctors prefer that women perform a vaginal birth if they can. Once you’ve had one it will be dangerous in the future to give birth through the vagina. Scarring is also possible which may bother some women.
There are certain complications that make a C-section preferable despite the risks. The most well-known is if the baby is turned the wrong way in the womb, but there are others. Babies over 10 pounds, multiple births, or dilation problems can also be factors for recommending a C-section.
Whether you elect to have one or your doctor recommends one, they should tell you all the possible risk factors you can face if you go through the procedure so you can make an informed choice.