I’m so sorry to hear that your baby was harmed by a delayed C-section. C-sections are among the most performed surgeries – it’s been estimated that about 25 percent of all childbirths in the U.S. are done via C-section. In most cases, C-sections are done to protect the mother and the child from injury. However, mistakes can be made during this surgery, which can result in serious injuries to the infant.
In many cases, C-sections are planned due to a condition that is known during pregnancy. There may be a health problem with the mother, in which the stress of labor may put her at risk. The baby may be in a breach position, there may be more than one baby, or there could be a risk of spreading an infection from the mother to the child. In other cases, a C-section is performed as an emergency procedure because of problems before or during delivery.
Emergency C-sections can be dangerous, because the doctor must decide whether or not to perform a C-section quickly enough to overcome the problem, and to prevent injury to the mother and the child. Some planned C-sections are performed because the baby is in distress, labor is too slow, the child is too large, or the umbilical cord poses a risk to the child.
In some cases, this decision is not made quickly enough, which can harm both the mother and the child. In that situation, the mother and the child may be entitled to compensation from the doctor who was responsible for the harm. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. They can help. Call to learn more or visit our LinkedIn page.