Common C Section Mistakes and Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice
Cesarean sections (or c-sections) are considered major surgery, but necessary at times to deliver the baby safely if a vaginal birth is not indicated or there are labor and delivery complications. During a C-section, an incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterine wall. The baby is then removed through the opening made by the incision. While many people have c-sections without complications, there are some women that have a c-section and have serious complications. While some of these complications are unavoidable, there are times when serious complications occur as the result of a surgeon or other healthcare provider’s error. C section mistakes can often be very serious types of medical malpractice in Oregon.
Potential Complications From C Section Mistakes
Complications that occur can affect the mother, the baby or both. Examples of some of these complications include the following:
- Internal organ damage
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Perforated bowel
- Brain damage
- Anesthesia reactions
- Amniotic fluid embolism
- Uterine inflammation
- Erb’s palsy (infant), and
- Other injuries our medical malpractice lawyers in Oregon could help you with.
When are C-Sections Indicated?
C-sections are indicated for a variety of reasons. Some c-sections are scheduled or planned, while other c-sections are emergencies. Examples as to why a c-section may be indicated instead of a vaginal birth include the following:
- If labor is not progressing as it should
- If there is a maternal or fetal abnormality in which a vaginal birth is contraindicated
- The baby is in a poor position that will make delivery very difficult or impossible
- The baby is too large for a vaginal birth
- If there is fetal distress
- If there is maternal distress
- Twin or other multiple pregnancy
- Transmissible disease
- Placenta previa
- History of shoulder dystocia
- Primary genital herpes
- Maternal request, due to prior birth trauma or other reason
- Small maternal pelvis
- Failed labor induction
- Umbilical cord abnormalities
How Can C-Section Complications be Caused by Medical Malpractice?
While some complications are unable to be prevented, there are other complications in regard to c-sections that could be prevented. Examples of complications due to medical malpractice include the following:
- Failing to identify signs of fetal distress during a vaginal delivery, leading to a delay in performing a c-section
- Failing to identify signs of maternal distress, leading to a delay in performing a c-section
- Failing to identify signs of fetal distress during a c-section, leading to possible complications for the newborn, include hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), stillbirth, cerebral palsy, brain damage, and many other complications
- Failing to schedule a c-section ahead of time when a c-section is truly indicated due to risks with the mother or baby (i.e. maternal pelvis is too small, baby is too large, placenta previa, risk of communicable disease transmission, etc.)
- Performing the c-section incorrectly, leading to organ damage, internal bleeding oxygen deprivation, infection, newborn lacerations, broken bones
- Error made during the c-section leading to wrongful death
These are just a few of the many examples as to how a c section mistakes and complications can be due to medical malpractice.
Ask Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Portland, OR for Help After C Section Mistakes
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
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