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Bronx C-Section Complications Injury

A c-section is a surgical method used to deliver a baby. It involves making incisions in the mother's abdominal wall and uterus. A vaginal delivery involves the baby being delivered through the vagina. A vaginal birth is referred to as “natural” childbirth. Generally, c-sections are reserved for when a natural childbirth is not a safe option because of a medical condition of the mother or baby, or because of a complication that arises during labor or delivery. Oftentimes c-sections are performed in emergency situations. For example, if a vaginal birth would cause the baby to suffer an injury such as shoulder dystocia or birth hypoxia, then the obstetrician would opt for a c-section. C-sections are also often performed when complications arise during delivery. If a c-section is not performed timely, or if the medical staff makes a mistake during the c-section, both the baby and the mother could suffer a severe injury such as brain trauma. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury that you believe was the result of a c-section complication caused by the negligence of a health care worker, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx C-Section complications injury lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and your child’s injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

C-section indicators

Cesarean section deliveries can be planned or unplanned. Whether a c-section is planned or unplanned, a c-section is typically performed only to ensure to safety of the mother or baby. Otherwise, the preferred method of delivery is a vaginal delivery.

Common reasons for unplanned c-sections:

  • Labor becomes inordinately delayed
  • The baby or mother show signs of distress
  • The umbilical cord wraps around the baby's neck
  • The baby is too large for a normal delivery

Common reasons for planned C-sections:

  • Prior c-section
  • The mother has an infection which could be transferred to the baby
  • The baby remains in a head down position close to the delivery date
  • The mother is in a weakened condition prior to delivery and may not be able to push
  • The mother is carrying more than one baby
C-Section Complications

Doctors and nurses are responsible for monitoring the mother's health throughout the pregnancy and during labor to determine if the baby should be delivered via c-section. For example, if the fetus shows signs of distress it is up to the medical staff to determine if a c-section should be performed. Typically, if the baby is in distress a c-section must be performed relatively quickly. If the medical staff makes a mistake related to the decision to perform a c-section or in performing a c-section both the baby and the mother are at risk for serious injury. Cesarean complications and mistakes include:

  • Failure to perform a timely c-section
  • Injuring the baby during the c-section
  • Injuring the mother during the c-section
  • Fetus suffering oxygen deprivation because of a delayed c-section
  • Failure to prevent post-partum hemorrhage
Pursuing compensation for c-section injury

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional such as an obstetrician, nurse, or other healthcare professional fails to take reasonable care and as a result the patient suffers an injury. Thus, if a doctor’s negligence lead to c-section complications and as a result you or your baby are injured, New York law allows you to hold that doctor and other medical professionals legally and financially liable. Both you and your child may pursue compensation for past and future medical expenses including physical therapy, speech therapy, and developmental therapy.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates for help

If your family is struggling emotionally and financially because of mistakes made during a c-section delivery, contact an experienced birth injury attorney. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in successfully representing clients who have suffered injuries due to mistakes made by medical professionals, as well as those injured in car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.