Emergency C-Section Delays Can Create Lifelong Disability Outcomes
In 2018, 31.9% of all deliveries in the U.S. were by cesarean (c-section), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This represents only a small decrease from 32% in 2017. That same year, the cesarean delivery rate had increased for the first time since 2009, when it peaked at 32.9% after increasing every year since 1996 (20.7%).
If there are complications with a pregnancy, or problems identified that might impact a baby or the labor process, a doctor may recommend cesarean. This is an invasive surgery in which the baby is born through a cut in a mother’s stomach and uterus. While some c-sections are planned, others are emergencies because the mother’s health or her baby’s health is in danger. When complications are detected during birth, medical practitioners must take quick action to perform c-sections in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in serious birth injury to the child, including brain damage and lifelong disabilities due to oxygen deprivation.
Unfortunately, many birth injury lawsuits have been filed because of labor and delivery events related to c-section delays, taking away the joy from one of the most memorable occasions in life. When medical provider negligence is involved in a childbirth-related injury, it may be because the practitioner failed to monitor the fetus, respond to distress, or diagnose a potential delivery issue.
Oxygen Deprivation Can Cause Great Harm to Baby
Before a delivery, many warning signs should alert the physician and medical team about the possibility of a challenging labor and prepare for the chance of decreased oxygen immediately before or during the birthing process. When those warning signs are missed or disregarded, children can suffer long-term harm and will require specialized care to account for severe health conditions.
- behavioral or emotional challenges
- cerebral palsy
- cognitive differences and learning disabilities
- difficulty with paying attention (ADD or ADHD)
- intellectual challenges and mental retardation
- sensory differences
- speech and language difficulties
- visual and hearing problems
It is the expectation of mothers that they will be handled with care and that the health of her child and self will be placed at the forefront of all decisions made before, during, and after the delivery process.
When the oxygen deprivation may have been aggravated by inadequate medical care, a birth injury lawsuit may be appropriate. Medical malpractice is not implicated every time that a child suffers a birth injury affecting the brain, but applicable in far too many cases when a legal team can prove that the child’s injuries were preventable.
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Birth injuries are a tragedy no parent or child should have to endure. Yet the rate at which infants are injured during childbirth is unacceptable. If you suspect medical negligence may have contributed to a birth-related injury, maternal death, or infant death, call us today at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417. Let a Chicago birth injury attorney at Levin & Perconti help you explore your legal options.