Legal Help For C-Section Birth Injuries
C-Section Birth Injuries are unfortunately a common occurrence. Cesarean section (also called C-section) births are often performed with the intent to avoid injury to both mother and child. Common reasons for performing them include fetal distress, a mother’s high blood pressure, breech position of a baby, and the need to deliver multiple babies.
Unfortunately, C-sections themselves sometimes result in birth injuries. Such injuries can include fetal lacerations (which can additionally result in Erb’s Palsy, fractures, and cervical cord injuries, among other things), anesthesia injuries, maternal surgical injuries, infections, blood clots, hemorrhages, and even death.1,2 Further, delays in performing C-sections can not only result in permanent physical and mental disabilities in newborns, but also risk the health of the mother. A lack of oxygen as a result of a C-section delay can result in brain damage, autism, and/or cerebral palsy in infants, 1 not to mention the physical and mental tolls on mothers.
No matter what the scenario, C-section birth injuries are both devastating and costly. The need for additional medical care, physical therapy, and specialty medical services and supplies for the child, the mother, or both—not to mention medically related travel costs and other expenses—can add to the devastation.
In addition, parents may not realize the extent to which their child is injured if in fact he or she has a birth injury—particularly if it is their first child. Some signs of injury are easily detected, while others may be completely unrecognized or undetected. Keeping a log of birth-related events associated with a birth injury can be a useful tool in detecting the extent of liability, if any, on behalf of doctors, nurses, other medical staff, and/or a hospital.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a C-Section Birth Injury, meeting with an experienced Florida birth injury negligence lawyer for an initial consultation is an important step. Research information about lawyers who specialize in birth injury negligence and malpractice, or if possible, who specialize in the particular type of birth injury medical malpractice or medical negligence you or your loved one has experienced.
Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in Miami Florida C-Section Birth Injury claims. To schedule a free initial consultation with our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.
2 Smith, G. C., Cordeaux, Y., White, I. R., Pasupathy, D., Missfelder-Lobos, H., Pell, J. P., Charnock-Jones, D. S., & Fleming, M. (2008). The effect of delaying childbirth on primary cesarean section rates. PLoS medicine, 5(7), e144. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0050144