What If a Doctor Doesn't Recognize a Need for Emergency C-Section?
Did you know that roughly one in every three births in the United States is a result of a cesarean section? This is an emergency procedure done when there are potential issues present during the labor and delivery process and it’s important for doctors to recognize the need for them.
Unfortunately, not all doctors recognize the signs that a C-section is needed. When this happens, it can prolong the labor and the baby may be harmed as a result. Here are some of the potential problems that may arise when doctors don’t identify the need for an emergency C-section.
Trouble with Delivery Leading to Improper Instrument Use
As the labor is prolonged and there are potential issues experienced during delivery, the doctor may make the decision to use various instruments to help aid in the process such as forceps or vacuum extractors. These can be good tools until they’re used improperly.
Unfortunately, when used in a negligent manner, these tools can cause significant harm to an infant, including shoulder dystocia and brain injuries from extensive pressure to the skull. If the doctor identified the potential issues earlier, they could have performed a C-section.
The Potential of Extended Asphyxia
One of the problems that may call for an emergency C-section is asphyxia in which the baby is not receiving the proper amount of oxygen. When this happens, it could be due to a number of reasons and a C-section can help alleviate the issues.
However, without recognizing the signs for this, a doctor runs the risk of the baby being without oxygen for an extended period of time, which can cause significant harm including cerebral palsy and more. A C-section can help alleviate this issue and prevent further problems.
At Beam Legal Team, we know how important it is for doctors to identify issues and protect the health of mothers and infants alike. When they fail in this task, they allow the potential for serious and lifelong injuries to occur.
Our Chicago birth injury attorneys are here for you every step of the way and we’re dedicated to protecting your rights from start to finish. Trust that we know how to hold negligent parties accountable when they cause harm to you or your baby.
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