Pregnancy is a months’ long journey that many women plan for their entire lives. At the end of that journey is labor and delivery, which more and more often is performed by Cesarean section, or C-section. In 2011, 33 percent of women who gave birth in America delivered via C-section. A C-section is a surgical procedure where doctors cut through a woman’s abdomen and uterus in order to deliver her baby. Many are scheduled well in advance and expectant mothers simply arrive on their delivery day and undergo the operation. Others, however, are ordered after labor is already underway in response to some kind of complication. While mom and baby usual recover well from the trauma of a C-section, one that is delayed too long could result in serious lifelong medical complications. Delaying a C-section can be a form of medical malpractice, and if you’ve been the victim of it, we urge you to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to speak with one of our experienced Chicago malpractice attorneys.
What Is a Delayed C-section?
Although many C-sections are planned surgeries, some are the result of an unexpected emergency complication that isn’t apparent until a woman is already in labor. Not every emergency C-section is a delayed C-section. Many are performed as a timely solution to a problem that a doctor noticed, and both mother and baby are unharmed by the procedure or the underlying issue that caused it. Sometimes however, a doctor misses something and does not order a necessary C-section when he or she should have. Other times, a hospital does not have an available operating room to perform the procedure when needed. A C-section that is not performed when it should have been is a delayed C-section, and it can result in serious complications, sometimes even death of the newborn. Your doctor has undergone rigorous professional training, and it is his or her job to recognize the often subtle signs of a serious complication that requires emergency surgical intervention. Delayed C-sections often occur when a doctor fails to notice that a fetus is in distress, or does not otherwise adequately monitor mom and baby during the late stages of pregnancy and labor. These mistakes could forever alter your life, and your doctor owes you a professional duty not to make them.
What Can Happen as a Result of a Delayed C-section?
- Permanent Brain Injury to Your Child – A fetus could be in distress due to a lack of oxygen. If a doctor fails to notice this and act appropriately, that lack of oxygen could cause permanent brain injury to your child.
- Other Permanent Disability – When a doctor fails to perform a necessary C-section, an unnecessarily difficult delivery may result. These difficulties could result in a permanent disability to your child.
- Death – If your doctor doesn’t react quickly enough to a life threatening emergency, mom and baby’s lives could be at risk.
What Should You Do?
If you or your child has been harmed due to a doctor’s negligent decision to delay a necessary C-section, please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation. Our experienced Chicago malpractice attorneys know how to navigate these complicated legal waters while treating you with the conscientious care that you deserve. We know this can be a trying or devastating time for your family, and we want you to know you don’t have to face it alone.