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Delayed C-Section Cases

Birth Injury Attorneys Serving Rhode Island

Some birthing situations might require the doctor to perform a cesarean section (C-section) in order to safely remove the baby. There are a number of reasons a doctor might make the decision to use a C-section instead of delivering the child through the vaginal canal, including health issues with the mother or complications during labor. Other times, the mother and doctor plan the C-section well in advance of the birth, though problems with the procedure can still occur.

Situations where a mother might plan a C-section include:

  • The mother has heart disease or high blood pressure.
  • The mother is carrying more than one baby.
  • The mother has an infection that can be passed to the baby during birth.
  • The baby is upside down and must be delivered legs-first. This is known as the breach position, and it is much more dangerous than a regular delivery position.
  • The baby has excess fluid in the brain or another medical condition diagnosed in utero.

Complications that might result in an unplanned C-section include:

  • The cervix won’t dilate after several hours of strong contractions.
  • The baby’s head can’t fit through the birth canal.
  • The fetal heart rate is in distress during labor.
  • The baby can’t get enough oxygen, which can result in brain damage.
  • The placenta begins to detach from the uterus before labor. This is called placental abruption.
  • The opening of the mother’s cervix is covered by the placenta. This is called placenta previa.
  • The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck or is compressed by the uterus.

Delayed C-Section & Doctor Negligence

Doctors monitor the condition of both the mother and child prior to birth to determine if a C-section will be necessary. Despite their duty to assess the mother and child, some doctors fail to order a timely C-section and end up putting both at risk of suffering harm.

Situations where a doctor might delay a C-section include:

  • Insurance concerns within the hospital.
  • Oversight of symptoms or health problems with the mother or baby.
  • Failure to properly monitor the baby or mother for signs of distress.
  • The hospital is understaffed.

Birth injuries that can be caused by a delayed C-section include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Maternal death
  • Infant death

Speak to Our Birth Injury Lawyers About Your Case

At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, we are committed to helping clients with their birth injury cases. We can review the details of your case and walk you through the legal process to ensure your rights and interests are fully protected. Our experienced lawyers will use our extensive resources to secure the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Visit our office today to get started working on your case strategy.

Call (401) 200-4059 to schedule a free consultation with our Rhode Island delayed C-section attorneys.