Bronx Delayed C-Section Injury Lawyer
A c-section is a surgical method used to deliver a baby. It involves making incisions in the mother's abdominal wall and uterus. In contrast a vaginal delivery involves the baby being delivered through the vagina. C-section deliveries are generally reserved for when a vaginal or “natural” childbirth is not a safe option. In fact, c-sections are often performed in emergency situations. For example, if a vaginal birth would cause the baby to suffer a birth injury such as shoulder dystocia, birth hypoxia, or a spinal cord injury, then the obstetrician would likely opt to deliver the baby by c-section. C-sections are also often performed when complications arise during delivery. For example, if through fetal monitoring the doctor detects that the baby is in distress, then the doctor may determine that an emergency c-section is necessary for the health of the baby and mother. It is important that for the medical staff to closely monitor a mother who is in labor in order to detect any signs of distress. If the mother or baby shows signs of distress, then the medical staff must make a timely decision to perform a c-section. Delaying a c-section may cause the baby to suffer serious harm such as a brain injury, cerebral palsy, seizures, developmental delays, or another serious personal injury. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury as a result of a failure of health care professionals to timely perform a c-section, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx Delayed C-Section Injury Lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and your child’s injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.C-Section Indicators
It is critical that a health care professional monitor the fetus and the baby throughout the pregnancy and during labor and delivery. A critical way to determine whether the baby is in distress during labor and delivery it so monitor the baby’s heart rate through fetal monitoring. If fetal monitoring shows that the baby’s heart rate has decelerated or is fluctuating in an inappropriate manner, then it is up to the medical staff to intervene to ensure the health of the baby and the mother. In some cases intervention means a c-section. If fetal monitoring indicates that the baby is in distress, it is generally important for the medical staff to perform a c-section immediately to prevent or minimize injury to the baby or to the mother. A delay may result in serious injury to the baby.
In addition to a slow or fluctuating heartbeat, other typical indicators that a c-section is necessary and should not be delayed include:
- Cardiac arrest of the mother
- Other types of maternal distress
- Compressed umbilical cord
- Breech baby with rapidly progressing labor
- Suspected rupture of the uterus
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 fails to timely perform a c-section when one is clearly indicated, 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.
Medical expenses. The negligent party may be required to compensate you for your medical bills and your baby’s medical bills related to the injuries suffered because of the delayed c-section. Examples of compensable medical expenses include emergency room treatment, hospital stays, visits to your doctor, rehabilitation, developmental and physical therapy, medical equipment and prescriptions.
Lost income. If as a result of your injury you end up missing a work, your damages could include compensation for the income you lost. If you took vacation days or sick time, you should be compensated for the loss of those days. If you are permanently unable to work due to the injury, then you can demand compensation for the lost income that you would have made over the course of your lifetime. Similarly, if medical mistake resulted in you being disabled in some way that will reduce your future ability to earn a living, you can be compensated for the reduction in earning potential.
Pain and suffering. The court may also award damages based on the physical and mental anguish you experienced from your injuries and recovery.Bronx Delayed C-Section Injury Lawyer
If you suspect that you or your baby was injured because your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional delayed performing a c-section delivery, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced New York birth injury attorney. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC 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 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: