Whether the failure of a physician to perform a timely cesarean section constitutes negligence and, if so, whether such negligence caused an injury or death to the mother or child is an issue that may emerge in a medical malpractice suit. After all, a physician’s negligent delay in performing a cesarean section is often the cause of a serious injury to the child.
You might rightly wonder if, when it comes to your child, a physician committed the error of not conducting a timely cesarean section.
Here, we’ll look at some–but not all–common situations that indicate a cesarean section should occur.
- Failure of labor to progress—Contractions may not open the cervix enough for the baby to move into the vagina.
- Concern for the baby—For instance, the umbilical cord may become pinched or compressed or fetal monitoring may detect an abnormal heart rate.
- Multiple pregnancy—If a woman is pregnant with twins, a cesarean birth may be necessary if the babies are being born too early, are not in good positions in the uterus, or if there are other problems.
- Problems with the placenta.
- The baby’s very large size.
- Breech presentation—A situation in which a baby’s buttocks or feet would be born first.
- Maternal infections, such as HIV or herpes.
- Maternal medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Shoulder dystocia—A situation where the baby’s head has been born but one of the shoulders becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone.
Now, I realize you likely have questions or concerns about your particular situation. Well, if you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your legal questions and would love to chat with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.