A Caesarian section, or C-section, is a relatively common procedure to deliver a baby when vaginal birth poses risks to mothers or newborns, or when complications require timely medical intervention. Delays or failures to perform a C-section under circumstances where it should be performed can substantially increase risks of preventable birth injuries to mother and child, including permanent injuries or even death.
Our Philadelphia attorneys at The Beasley Firm, LLC are recognized leaders in birth injury law with a proven record recovering millions of dollars in compensation for victims and families. Because our team leverages the insight of experienced lawyers, two doctors, and three registered nurses, two of whom specialized in maternal and neonatal care, we are able to consistently identify and demonstrate how medical professionals provided substandard care to a degree that it caused injuries. This includes cases involving medical professionals who cause injuries when they delay or fail to perform a C-section.
Timely and correctly performed C-sections are vital to limiting risks of preventable harm, especially when complication arise. Unfortunately, negligence is a leading reason why C-section birth injuries occur. For example:
- A medical professional may negligently fail to perform a C-section in situations that would require the procedure when they fail to recognize or adequately assess complications during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. These complications can include a range of medical issues with mothers or babies, including larger babies, twins or multiple births, infections, unsafe positioning of the baby in the birth canal, and signs of fetal distress on a fetal heart monitor, among others.
- Doctors, nurses, or other health care providers negligently delayed a C-section, that had it been performed sooner, could have prevented injuries. Delays can occur for a number of reasons, including failures in evaluating mothers during pregnancy, monitoring mother and child during labor, or responding appropriately when complications, such as birth hypoxia, arise.
When being treated by doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, mothers and babies have the right to be treated in accordance to an accepted standard of care. This means that the treating medical staff should provide the type of care a reasonable medical professional would under similar circumstances. If a C-section is warranted given the individual facts involved, yet not performed by the treating medical professionals or unreasonably delayed, they can be held liable for providing substandard care and for any injuries victims suffer as a result.
Our legal team at The Beasley Firm, LLC has handled numerous cases involving medical professionals whose failures to uphold their legal duty of treating patients appropriately led to serious injuries and extensive damages suffered by victims and families. These include cases involving C-sections that were delayed, improperly performed, or never performed at all.
If you have questions regarding your right to pursue a birth injury case involving C-section errors and medical negligence, our firm is readily available to help. Call (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation.