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.
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.
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.
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.