The Risks of Delayed C-Section
Every year, nearly 800,000 women in the U.S face birth complications, many of which warrant a cesarean section (C-section) surgery to ensure the safe delivery of the child. When C-sections are not ordered in a timely manner, the results could be disastrous for both a mother and her baby. Medically necessary C-section procedures that are delayed or never ordered at all could constitute medical malpractice, and the doctor who made the error could be held legally responsible for their negligence.
Here’s what you should know about delayed C-sections:
C-Sections are often prearranged due to medical problems assessed before labor for mother or baby (i.e heart disease, large fetus, twins or multiples, maternal infection, or breech birth can all be reasons for C-section to be previously scheduled).
When delivery complications are not anticipated, medical staff must make a call quickly in order to keep both mother and baby safe. These situations would include placenta previa, birth hypoxia, baby in general distress (normally alerted through fetal heart monitoring), natural labor is not progressing, uterine rupture, cord prolapse, placental abruption, etc.
All of the above conditions/situations qualify a “high-risk” birth scenario, and medical staff must intervene as soon as distress is detected for either a mother or her baby.
Delayed C-section (when a C-section is mandatory for mother and child safety but medical professional delay making the choice) can lead to a number of preventable birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, Erbs palsy, severe brain damage, developmental delays, seizures, and death.
Doctors who prolong a risky birth for too long place the lives of their patients at serious risk and should be held accountable for any injuries they cause. If you suspect that your child’s birth injury was caused by a doctor’s error, you may have grounds for legal action. We encourage you to contact Freidin Brown, P.A. to speak with a Florida birth injury lawyer about your rights.