A Cesarean section, or C-section, is a relatively common operation to limiting
risks during problematic or higher risk pregnancies and deliveries, accounting
for roughly a third of all deliveries in the U.S. Although they are used
fairly often and as a means to mitigate risks, C-sections are not risk-free
nor are they procedures to take lightly.
At Beam & Raymond, our Chicago birth injury attorneys have worked cases
nationwide involving C-sections that were delayed, never performed, or
improperly performed. Because we know the risks associated with C-sections,
we know that not all birth injuries are preventable. However, we have
worked with enough victims and families to know that they can occur, especially
when a medical professional provides substandard care.
To help you better understand
C-sections, what you should expect, and how they relate to medical malpractice, we
have put together the following information:
About C-sections – Non-elective C-sections are typically performed when vaginal delivery
presents risks to a mother or child, including twin pregnancies, high
blood pressure, obstructed labor, and other factors. Longer Hospital stays
are expected following a C-section, as it may take longer to heal than
C-section risks – C-sections are surgical procedures, and as such they do pose some
risk. Due to these risks, there are established recommended guidelines
and often hospital protocol that dictates when and how they should be
C-sections and medical malpractice – C-sections performed in a correct and timely fashion are critical
to reducing preventable injury to either mother or baby. When doctors
or nurses fail to recognize medical issues that would necessitate a C-section and
fail to perform in a timely fashion, or improperly perform the procedure, they substantially
increase the risks of birth injuries.
It is important to understand that there are risks associated with C-sections,
including risks that can be effectively managed and risks posed by negligent
medical professionals. Unfortunately, negligence and substandard care
can result in birth injuries that create a lifetime of challenges for
victims and their families. When this occurs, victims have the right to
hold negligent medical professionals accountable for breaching their legal
duty and causing preventable harm.
Over the years, our experienced lawyers at Beam & Raymond have secured
a number of successful results for clients in cases involving C-sections
and birth injuries. These include notable, record-setting
verdicts and settlements, such as our $144,585,020 million jury verdict against medical staff at
a Detroit hospital that failed to deliver a child via C-section despite
the size of the baby. This was one of the highest birth injury verdicts
in American history.
If you believe you might have a potential birth injury case involving a
C-section that was delayed, never performed, or performed improperly,
our legal team is readily available to review your case and discuss the
merits of your claim. Our attorneys focus on personalized service and
case reviews, during which we can fully address your questions and concerns,
and discuss what we can do to help. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.