Denver Attorneys for Delay in Ordering a C-section
Natural childbirth can be dangerous for both mother and baby. When it is, a competent medical team should step in and decide to perform a cesarean section, commonly referred to as a C-section, to prevent major birth injuries.
An emergency C-section can be a life-saver. But sometimes a physician, due to carelessness, lack of experience, lack of equipment, or myriad other reasons, doesn’t perform a C-section in a timely manner. A delayed C-section can lead to serious health consequences or even death for both mother and baby.
If your child was injured due to a delayed C-section, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Denver birth injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options. Call the top-rated legal team at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., at (303) 759-9945 for a free consultation. We’ll review your medical records and let you know if there is compensation available for your child.
A doctor should be able to assess a pregnancy in the late stages decide what’s best for the mother and the baby. A natural birth? Induced birth? A scheduled C-section? For example, if the child’s head seems too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis (cephalopelvic disproportion), a C-section would prevent the baby getting "stuck" and perhaps suffering oxygen deprivation.
However, during a "normal" childbirth, doctors must always be on guard for dangerous complications, and be able to perform emergency C-sections to get the baby out safely. Here are the common reasons why an emergency C-section might be necessary:
- Fetal Distress: When the baby’s heart rate drops too low or stays low for a prolonged period of time. May be due to an epidural or the mother’s drop in blood pressure, but can also be due to oxygen deprivation.
- Uterine Rupture: When the uterus tears during delivery.
- Prolonged Labor: Sometimes the cervix does not dilate enough, and labor doesn’t progress. The baby is in danger of oxygen deprivation.
- Placenta Previa: When the placenta is too low in the uterus and it covers the cervix. If untreated, it can lead to hemorrhaging in the mother.
- Cord Prolapse: When the umbilical cord comes out before the baby does. The cord can then be compressed as the baby travels down the birth canal, cutting off the baby’s supply of oxygen. This can result in brain damage or a stillbirth.
A delayed C-section can result in serious harm to both the baby and the mother. Here are some common consequences of a delayed C-section:
- Brain damage: Oxygen deprivation can lead to brain damage, which can lead to developmental delays, behavior problems, cerebral palsy, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.
- Physical Injuries: If a physician waits too long to perform a C-section, the baby can suffer major physical injuries. A rare but dangerous complication is shoulder dystocia, when the baby’s head emerges but the shoulder is physically stuck on the mother’s pubic bone. Once this happens, it’s too late for an emergency C-section; and the baby can suffer damage to the brachial plexus nerve cluster while the doctor tries to tug him out, which can cause the loss of functionality in the arm.
There are numerous medical staff involved during a birth, all tasked with making sure that NO detail is missed and that both the mother and the baby are safe. If the medical team is not properly trained, if their equipment is lacking, or if for any other reason they fail to act in a timely manner during a birth, these are all examples of negligence.
If your doctor’s delay to perform a C-section resulted in injury to your baby, call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., at (303) 759-9945 for a free consultation.
Our experienced Denver medical malpractice attorneys know how complex medical malpractice can be, and we are well-versed in fighting for your child’s rights. As nationwide leaders in the field of birth injury litigation and experienced trial lawyers, we know what to do. As parents, we strongly believe in what we do.
If you believe your doctor was negligent, please don’t wait. Contact us today and let us hear your story.
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