Failure to perform a timely c-section
A cesarean section, or c-section, is a surgical means of removing an infant from the womb of a mother. C-sections are most often used when a medical complication makes it impossible for a woman to deliver a baby vaginally. Planned c-sections may be performed when a medical condition that makes vaginal delivery dangerous has been identified during prenatal visits. However, there are times when an emergency c-section must be performed due to unexpected circumstances that occur during labor and delivery. Emergency c-sections are often performed when labor is not progressing as expected. The fetus may be in distress due to this failure to deliver, and c-sections are performed to protect the health of the baby.
Medical professionals who are responsible for caring for women in labor must make quick decisions when labor is not progressing or complications arise. Since these complications could be life-threatening for both the mother and the unborn child, it is essential for doctors to decide whether a c-section is needed. Not only will the attending physician need to make a decision on whether surgical intervention is required, but these medical professionals are also tasked with ensuring that women in labor are prepped for surgery in a timely manner.
When fetuses are not receiving oxygen due to a problem with the umbilical cord, every second counts. Emergency c-sections often need to be performed within 30 minutes of the emergency situation arising. Some studies suggest that waiting more than 18 minutes before a c-section is performed could result in permanent brain damage in the child. For this reason, medical professionals are responsible for getting women in labor prepped and in an operation room immediately after complications are detected.
When babies are not delivered in a timely manner, serious birth defects can occur. Examples of birth defects that may arise when a c-section is not promptly performed include cerebral palsy, brain damage and physical injury related to a decrease in blood flow to the major organs. Permanent mental disabilities may be present when a baby is not promptly delivered via c-section.
If a c-section was not ordered by a medical professional in a timely manner, mothers may have legal recourse. Failure to perform a timely c-section is considered to be a form of medical malpractice. Malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional. In the case of failure to perform a timely c-section, the responsible medical professional may be held liable for any injuries suffered by the infant and mother.
If you or your child has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to consult with a legal professional. Our legal team is able to guide your family through the process of filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Compensation for ongoing medical expenses and the reduced quality of life that you or your child may experience as a result of malpractice may be available. Call us today to set up a consultation and get started on the pursuit to collect the compensation that you need and deserve.