Delayed C-Section Injuries

delayed c section injury

In the United States, 1 in 3 babies are delivered via cesarean section or C-section.  A C-section is major abdominal surgery but it can be a life-saving necessity under certain birthing circumstances including:

  • Fetal distress (problems with the baby's heart rate, etc.)
  • Maternal distress (problems with heart rate, fatigue from a prolonged labor, etc.)
  • Breech birth (the baby is presenting feet first instead of head first)
  • Fetopelvic disproportion (the baby is too large for the mother's small pelvis)
  • Prolonged labor
  • Placental abruption (when the placenta tears away from the uterus)
  • Umbilical cord prolapse (when the umbilical cord presents before the baby)
  • Improper umbilical cord position which places the baby at risk for strangulation or decreased oxygen
  • Maternal infection
  • Placental insufficiency (when the placenta has decreased oxygen and nutrients for the baby)
  • A uterine fibroid is blocking or partially blocking the birth canal
  • Placenta previa (when the placenta is too low in the uterus blocking or partially blocking the cervix)

Unfortunately, a C-section may not be performed when indicated for a variety of reasons. A busy birthing unit may not timely recognize signs of fetal distress. The hospital may not be properly staffed for an emergency C-section. Outrageously, some C-sections are not performed because they are not covered by insurance and C-sections are estimated to cost twice as much as a vaginal delivery. Or, the doctor simply makes a poor medical decision by allowing the mother to continue with labor notwithstanding indications that a C-section is necessary.

Whatever the reason, when a C-section is delayed, it can result in terrible consequences for the baby including brain damage, Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy or a still-birth. If your family has been the victim of a physician's negligent decision to delay a C-section, the medical malpractice lawyers at The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. can advise you of your rights and help you obtain justice for your family.

Medical malpractice cases require an attorney who is knowledgeable in both the underlying medicine of your case and in the complex medical malpractice laws. Under almost all circumstances, before the case can even be filed, one or more appropriate and highly-qualified doctors must review the case and provide a Certificate of Good Faith.

At The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. we know the laws pertaining to medical malpractice. John Day is board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Because of his reputation and experience in this field, he has been asked to testify before the Tennessee Legislature on multiple occasions regarding changes to Tennessee's medical malpractice laws.  John Day has been recognized in the field of medical malpractice every year since 2007 by Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers has also twice named him the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for Nashville.  We also know the medicine. To assist with medical questions and issues, we have a nurse on staff full-time, and we routinely work with highly-competent experts and doctors who assist in proving your case.

The money we have recovered for our clients has helped them secure the future of their injured child and helped give them justice in the event of the wrongful death of their child.  We are extremely proud of our work in this area.  If you would like to discuss a potential claim in a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us online or call us at at one of the numbers below.  Our award-winning attorneys handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis and we advance all case expenses, interest-free.

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