Does My C-Section Complication Constitute a Birth Injury Claim?

In the unfortunate chance that medical professionals deviate from accepted standards of medical care during the C-section delivery process, the mother and infant can suffer severe birth injuries. These injuries may not be initially obvious and may appear sometime after childbirth. Read along to learn the most common C-section complications, and how an experienced Morris County, New Jersey birth injuries lawyer at The Marci Group can help you determine the validity of your birth injury claim.

When should a doctor perform an emergency C-section?

During the delivery process, medical professionals are required to closely monitor the child and the mother so they can act accordingly in case an issue arises. For example, a doctor should decide to perform an emergency C-section if there is fetal distress, or in other words, when the baby does not receive enough oxygen. Signs of fetal distress include the mother having high blood pressure or the baby having little movement. Additionally, if the baby is upward of 10 pounds and the mother is of smaller stature or otherwise unable to safely deliver the baby on their own, this is considered a high-risk birth and a C-section should be administered. An emergency C-section should also be arranged if: the baby is in a breech or transfer position, the labor is not progressing normally, there are problems with the placenta, or the mother has an infection that could be transmitted to the baby during vaginal birth.

Does my C-section complication qualify for a birth injury claim?

Failure by a medical professional to catch any of the aforementioned indications of a dangerous birth delivery throughout all trimesters and during labor and thus delaying or neglecting to elect an emergency C-section can result in the mother and infant suffering severe birth injuries. The following are some of the most common birth injuries with a C-section complication:

  • Injuries to the baby:
    • Brachial plexus injuries, or when the baby’s shoulders are too wide and they get stuck in the birth canal, which leads to serious nerve damage.
    • Breathing problems.
    • Broken bones.
    • Skin lacerations.
    • Skull or clavicle fractures.
    • Facial nerve palsy.
  • Injuries to the mother:
    • Adverse reaction to anesthesia.
    • Blood clots.
    • Endometritis.
    • Postpartum hemorrhage.

If you experienced such medical malpractice, you may be eligible to file a birth injury claim. In this case, do not hesitate in reaching out to a skilled Morris County, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer today to help with your defense.


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