When doctors and surgeons make mistakes, they can change a patient’s life forever. This is especially true when those mistakes occur in the delivery room. Melbourne, FL attorney Stephen G. Charpentier has helped numerous clients with medical malpractice lawsuits involving birth injuries and delivery room mistakes. Both the child’s life and the mother’s life could be at risk.
The team at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. would like to consider the dangers related to failed cesarean sections (C-sections). When these procedures are not performed quickly enough or properly, multiple lives are put at risk.
Why Are Emergency C-Sections Performed?
The most common reasons why a C-section is performed includes the following:
- Fetal Distress - Fetal distress refers to a drop in an infant’s heart rate during the delivery. This could indicate oxygen deprivation or other serious health conditions that must be remedied as soon as possible.
- Difficult or Prolonged Labor - If a mother has a long and difficult birth, it may be best to perform a C-section rather than risk injury to the mother or potential birth injuries to the infant.
- Placenta Previa - This condition involves the placenta resting low in the uterus, blocking a baby’s path through the birth canal. A C-section helps bypass the blockage.
- Uterine Rupture - In some difficult childbirths, it’s possible for a woman’s uterus to tear. A C-section performed as soon as this happens will prevent further harm to the mother and potentially prevent birth injuries to a child.
- Cord Prolapse -This condition involves the umbilical cord leaving the birth canal before the baby. Since this tends to cause oxygen deprivation, a C-section is recommended as soon as possible.
Ideal Length of Time for Emergency C-Section Procedures
Once the decision is made to perform a C-section, medical staff in the delivery room must act quickly. Ideally, a C-section should be performed and completed within 30 minutes. Taking any longer to perform a C-section could lead to serious injuries to the mother or her child. Our Melbourne law firm knows the dire consequences of delayed C-sections and failed emergency procedures during delivery.
The Dangers of Delayed C-Sections
If a C-section is delayed, both the mother and child’s lives could be at risk. Mothers may need the C-section to address injuries to their uterus or other medial complications that arise during delivery. Newborns require oxygen and a problem-free delivery in order to be born healthy. A birth injury during delivery could have lasting consequences when it comes to mental and physical development.
In some cases, a C-section could mean the difference between life and death. A delay or a failure to even attempt a C-section could lead to the loss of a life, if not both lives.
Holding Delivery Room Staff Liable for Negligence
Given the severe consequences of C-section delays and failures, it’s crucial that medical staff be held accountable for such serious mistakes. Our team of attorneys will be here to help you seek damages to against the negligent medical staff who caused or contributed to the birth injuries or complications that were sustained.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
To learn more about your legal options following errors by OB/GYNs in the delivery room, contact a skilled medical malpractice and doctor negligence attorney. You can reach the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. in Melbourne by phone at (321) 308-8020.