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Failure To Carry Out Emergency C-Sections

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

If mother or baby is at risk during delivery, medical professionals may opt to perform an emergency caesarean section, rather than continue with a potentially dangerous vaginal birth. However, what happens if an emergency C-section is needed, but is not carried out? Does this amount to medical negligence? And it is possible to claim compensation for the injuries medical errors have caused?

Why would an emergency C-section be performed?
Pregnant women are now free to choose whether they would like to have a vaginal delivery or an elective caesarean section. Studies so far have shown that in the majority of cases, women will consider their options and (unless otherwise advised by doctors) opt for a vaginal birth. However, there are occasions in which complications will arise during the course of a vaginal delivery, putting mother and/or baby in danger. This may occur if:
• The mother’s blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level;
• The baby’s heart rate shows signs of fetal distress;
• The placenta separates from the uterus prematurely (called placental abruption).
• The placenta is low down in the uterus (called placenta previa);

If mother and/or baby are at risk, doctors should be quick to assess the situation and acknowledge the need to transfer the vaginal delivery to an emergency caesarean section. This decision should be proposed to the mother and consent sought without delay.

What if an emergency C-section is not performed?
Nevertheless, there are sadly times when medical professional fail to act, even though there are obvious signs of complication. This can lead to devastating consequences, harming the health of both mother and baby. Injuries to the mother can include excessive blood loss, collapse and cardiac arrest, while injuries to the child usually arise due to oxygen starvation. These can be particularly serious and can even be fatal.

Claiming Compensation
If you or your baby has been injured because an emergency C-section was not performed when it should have been, you will have been the victim of medical negligence. We understand just how distressing this will be, as what should be a happy time for you and your family will instead be filled with pain and anguish.

As the victim of medical error, you will be entitled to claim compensation for the damage you have been caused. Although it will not undo the harm you have endured, you may want to consider taking legal action against the hospital in question. Contact , Oddo & Babat for a courtesy evaluation. For immediate assistance, call us at 646-828-1980.

Author: Julie Glynn
Originally published, May 19, 2012

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