A C-section, or Caesarean section, is an alternative to vaginal delivery. A C-section may be planned in advance or occur in an emergency situation due to a difficult or problematic labor.
A Caesarean section is a medical procedure that could potentially save the life of either mother or baby. Unfortunately, when a C-section is delayed, this could have serious consequences and cause lasting injury or even death. When this occurs, it is important to contact a qualified Chicago birth injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options.
A Caesarean section is necessary when a vaginal birth is not possible or desirable. In some cases, a Caesarean will be requested by a mother, especially for a first baby, to avoid the potential complications of a natural delivery. In other cases, a doctor will recommend a Caesarean section in advance of the birth. This might occur if:
When a C-section is planned in advance, the family and doctor can set the date for the birth. In other cases, a mother may plan to deliver naturally but complications during birth will necessitate a C-section. This may occur if:
Essentially, in any situation where a fetus or mother is in distress, an emergency Caesarean section should be ordered.
Doctors must assess a mother’s condition prior to birth and carefully monitor both mother and child during birth to determine if a Caesarean section is required.
Unfortunately, doctors sometimes fail to keep a mother or child safe by ordering a timely C-section. There are many reasons why a doctor might fail to order a Caesarean section in time to prevent health complications. For example, a doctor may negligently fail to order a C-section because:
In any situation where a reasonably competent doctor would have ordered a C-section and your doctor did not, then the doctor may be considered to have committed medical malpractice. A lawsuit can result to cover the costs of injury and loss.
A delay in ordering or performing a C-section can be dangerous to a mother and to a child. Some possible birth injuries and consequences of a delayed Caesarean include:
These are just some of the complications that can occur as a result of a doctor’s delaying a Caesarean section.
If your doctor negligently failed to perform a Caesarean despite fetal or maternal distress, your doctor may be liable for medical malpractice. A Chicago delayed C-section lawyer can help you to take legal action and prove your doctor hurt you.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we have extensive experience with birth injury claims, including those involving families whose live were changed by a delayed Caesarean. To learn how our Illinois delayed C-section attorneys can help, give us a call today at our toll-free number or contact us using our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.