Jun 6

Failure to Perform C-section

Posted on June 6, 2019 — by Tom Foley III

Doctors performing a C-sectionMedical malpractice occurs when medical professionals fail to provide patients with a certain standard of care. One type of malpractice that can occur is failure to perform a C-section or a delayed C-section. If a C-section is not performed in a timely manner, or at all, it can result in significant injury to the child and mother.

At Foley Law Firm in Scranton, PA, we can determine if medical malpractice played a role in your delayed C-section. Contact our practice to schedule a time for our team to review your case.

Reasons for a C-section

An obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, is trained to recognize certain signs or conditions that indicate the need for a C-section instead of a vaginal birth.

Fetal Distress

During the birthing process, doctors and other medical professionals should monitor the health of the baby. Signs of fetal distress include:

  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Umbilical cord problems

Pre-natal Conditions

There are certain medical conditions that may indicate a patient should undergo a C-section. These include:

  • Placenta previa
  • Placenta abruption
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Uterine fibroid removal
  • Previous birth to twins
  • Prior C-section
  • Breech or transverse position
  • Active herpes or other sexually-transmitted diseases

Prolonged Labor

If the patient has been in labor for an extended amount of time or the labor stops progressing, an emergency C-section may need to be performed.

What Types of Injuries Can Occur Due to the Failure to Perform a C-section?

If an emergency C-section is not performed quickly or doctors do not recognize the need for a C-section, serious birth injury can occur.

A deprivation of oxygen to the brain can result in brain damage, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and developmental disabilities.

Failure to perform a C-section can also result in a transfer of diseases such as herpes and HIV.

In the most traumatic of cases, wrongful death can occur as a result of a delayed C-section.

Damages in Delayed C-section Cases

If the mother or child are injured due to the failure to perform a C-section or a delayed C-section, it may be possible to recover compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

At Foley Law Firm in Scranton, we have a history of handling medical malpractice cases involving failure to perform a C-section. We obtained a $7.4 million award for a cerebral palsy victim, in the case of Mary Doe v. Doctor and Hospital. The settlement was the result of a physician’s failure to perform a C-section while the mother was in labor for 42 hours.

The types of damages that can be obtained in a medical malpractice cases include:

  • Medical expenses, including the initial hospital fees and all future projected medical care
  • The cost of lifelong care and assistance in the case of permanent injury
  • Loss of future wages and earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Our Practice

To find out if you should file a medical malpractice lawsuit for the failure to perform a C-section or delayed C-section, contact Foley Law Firm in Scranton today. We will set up a time for you to review your case with an attorney. You can contact us online or call us at (570) 342-8194.

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