Infant Injury During Difficult Delivery or C-Section
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Childbirth is an exciting time in a couple’s life; the anticipation of a new baby is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Everyone hopes for an easy childbirth. However, at times there can be complications that necessitate an emergency c-section. Emergency C-section complications can be serious and have catastrophic consequences.
1 in 3 women in the U.S. gives birth a C-section. A C-section birth is considered to be very safe. There are definitely times when a planned C-section goes wrong and is due to doctors or other medical professional making mistakes during the operation. C-Section negligence often happens during an emergency situation where time is of the essence. Medical error during an emergency c-section can cause catastrophic birth injuries leading to cerebral palsy or other serious conditions.
The Latona Law team has helped local families like yours for the past 30 years as we seek to bring peace of mind to your family. Our team of skilled attorneys will use our expertise and decades of experience to see if you are due any type of compensation. If your child is newborn up to 20 years old, contact us for a free consultation.
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Birth Injury Due to C-section Errors
If a medical provider fails to perform a C-section if necessary, fails to perform the C-section safely, or fails to initiate the C-section within the proper amount of time, and the baby is seriously injured, it may be considered medical error. In the event that obvious fetal warning signs appear, making it apparent that the unborn child could be harmed during the delivery process, it becomes necessary for the attending physician to call for an emergency C-section. Unfortunately medical providers do not always recognize these risk factors.
In other cases it would be prudent for a medical provider to schedule a C-section due to risk factors that would have been apparent during the pregnancy. Medical negligence can often lead to a c-section.
We have helped victims of medical malpractice in Luzerne, Lackawanna and surrounding counties for over 30 years. The road ahead will never be easy, but if a medical provider is responsible for your child’s injury our team of attorneys will hold them accountable.
No cost or fees until we get compensation for your family.
Birth Injury Due to C-section Errors
An emergency C-section may be required under the following conditions:
- Fetal distress during labor
- Cord prolapse
- Uterine rupture
- Failure to progress in labor
If your child was delivered by emergency C-section and suffered a serious injury such as cerebral palsy or brain injury, Latona Law Firm can evaluate your case and get answers.
While cerebral palsy is not usually preventable, there are situations where it may have been prevented. Doctors, nurses, or other caregivers may not have properly identified, monitored, or treated symptoms late in the pregnancy, during delivery, or while the baby was still at the hospital.
- Leaving a child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
- Lack of recognition and treatment of seizures following delivery
- Failure to detect a prolapsed cord
- Excessive use of vacuum extraction
- Failure to perform a C-section in the presence of fetal distress
- Not responding to changes in the fetal heart rate
- When risk factors are present, did not adjust or plan for a c-section.
- Failure to timely diagnose and treat jaundice, sepsis and meningitis
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that appear early in childhood. These disorders can range from mild to severe and mostly affect motor coordination and muscle movement. Cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the brain and can be manifested both physically and intellectually.
Physical impairments may include movement, balance and posture. Legs, arms and facial muscles may be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level.
Physical impairments may include movement, balance, and posture. Legs, arms, and facial muscles may also be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Furthermore, intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level. Most often, injury to the child’s brain occurs during pregnancy, during childbirth, or shortly after childbirth. As a result, speech, reading, writing, and communication can also be affected. Also, seizures, vision and hearing, eating and developmental delays are also common. Finally, movement, balance, and posture are also often affected by cerebral palsy.
Signs of Cerebral Palsy
- Speech delays
- Delayed milestones
- Problems with muscle tone
- Intellectual disabilities
- Involuntary movements or tremors
- Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
- Difficulty with sucking or eating
- And others
When you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence, your whole life can be turned around. Victims of medical negligence may never
About a third of all babies born in the United States are delivered via cesarean section, or c-section, as opposed to natural birth. C-sections are
At Latona Law, we have been practicing in the legal area of medical malpractice for many years. We have fought for thousands of clients in
As we have talked about frequently over the years, any kind of birth injury can happen at any time during pregnancy or directly before, during,