Failure to Perform Cesarean Section Injury Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
At The Gogel Law Firm, our birth injury lawyers in St. Louis know that at times, Cesarean sections, also called C-section or Cesarean births, are required by healthcare providers when they believe it is safer for the mother, the baby, or both during the delivery process.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a Cesarean section is the surgical delivery of a baby through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus — instead of a standard vaginal birth.
Our Missouri medical malpractice attorneys also know several conditions make a Cesarean delivery more likely. However, our concern is when the delivering physician or staff fails to take the measures necessary to alternate to a C-section method, which can result in harm to the mother, baby, or both.
If you or your child have suffered injuries after your physician failed to perform a C-section, or if a healthcare provider committed a medical error when administering a C-section in Missouri, contact our skilled St. Louis birth injury attorneys today for help.
What Conditions Make a Cesarean Section Delivery More Likely in Missouri?
Several conditions make a Cesarean section delivery more likely.
These may include, but are not limited to:
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Abnormal position of the fetus during birth
- Certain medical conditions in the mother, including high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV infection, or active herpes sores in the mother’s vagina or cervix
- Problems with labor, including failure to progress or an abnormal progression
- Placenta problems, which may include premature detachment from the fetus, or the placenta blocking the cervix
- Size of the fetus, including the child being too large to deliver vaginally
- Previous C-section that does not allow the mother to deliver vaginally
- Twins or other multiples
Cesarean births can help the mother and child deliver more easily and can help avoid multiple medical problems that could occur if the physician proceeds with a vaginal birth.
If you or your child has suffered a medical injury because your physician’s failed to perform a C-section birth, or because of a medical error during a C-section, contact our skilled birth injury lawyers in St. Louis today to learn how we can help you hold each party responsible for your full financial recovery.
What is the Difference Between Failing to Perform a C-section and C-section Injuries?
There are two primary types of Cesarean section medical claims. They include failing to perform a Cesarean birth, which can seriously jeopardize the health of both the mother and child, and injuries sustained during a C-section because the healthcare provider did not adhere to an acceptable or expected standard of care.
Unfortunately, some healthcare providers fail to recognize the need for a Cesarean as soon as it arises, and when the procedure is not administered in time, it can result in serious problems for the infant and the mother.
These problems can include major health issues and even death, which could rise to the legal level of medical malpractice, including:
- Birth asphyxia
- Traumatic brain injury/brain damage
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Dangerous drop in blood pressure
- Spinal cord trauma
Other times, the healthcare provider makes a medical error during a C-section that causes injury, which may also be grounds for medical malpractice.
Common medical malpractice claims caused by C-section errors that affect mothers may include, but are not limited to:
- Botched C-Section scar and/or hole in C-Section incision
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Nicked bladder or another bladder injury
- Postpartum hemorrhage and/or internal bleeding
- Pulmonary Embolism, which is a blood clot that travels to the lungs
- Retained placenta
- Weakness, shock, or even death
Common medical malpractice claims caused by C-section errors that affect babies may include, but are not limited to:
- Fetal laceration, which involves the baby being cut during a c-section
If you or your baby suffered injuries caused by your physician’s failure to perform a C-section, or during a botched procedure, our skilled medical malpractice and birth injury lawyers in St. Louis at the Gogel Law Firm want to help you seek justice. Contact us today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.