As time has passed, cesareans have started to be used more frequently during the birthing process of an expectant mother. Sometimes, a mother has no other choice but to have a C-section because she may be experiencing complications, may have a medical condition limiting her from giving natural birth, or the baby might be suffering from a complication as well. Also, if a mother had already had one cesarean, she might have to undergo a repeat one. Many hospitals might allow a mother a VBAC, but the majority prefer to limit the risks by performing a repeat C-section. Despite the reason behind a mother having to undergo a cesarean, it is a surgery. Surgeries are filled with various possibilities for something to go wrong. For the most part, most surgeries are successful, but when a health care provider is negligent, the expectant mother and unborn child can endure grave damages, including, but not limited to permanent disabilities and death.
A mother may already be fearful when she learns that she has to undergo a C-section. The fear of the mother may be reduced just by knowing that the team of medical professionals that will be caring for her are skilled, but the ability to file a litigation for malpractice becomes available to the mother once she discovers that there was medical negligence practiced during her care. The litigation process can be conducted with a highly specialized medical malpractice lawyer in the Fort Lauderdale Firm. Bringing an infant to this world should be a day that is remembered as joyful and exciting, not the day that a mother or the infant endured an injury because negligence was applied.
Negligence Was Practiced During My C-Section
A c-section can be scheduled or it can be an emergency one. Regardless of which way it is done, it must be done without the presence of medical negligence. The ways that medical negligence can play a part of a C-section include:
- The procedure being improperly done like the surgeon making incision too deep causing the mother to bleed profusely
- C-section not being performed in time which causes the infant to suffer oxygen asphyxia
- Failing to perform the cesarean when it was needed
United States Statistics on C-Sections
- In the United States, there are about 4 million babies born every year; 32% of them being born with the help of a C-section
- Florida is on the top three list of states that perform the most cesareans (37.8%)
- For every three expectant mothers, one will have a C-section
- In 1965, only 4.5% of births were performed through C-sections. Now almost 40% of births are done via cesarean
The birth of an infant is a very important moment in the lives of the parents and family. It is one that will never be forgotten. Making sure that the life of a baby who has not begun experiencing life yet is kept unharmed is a key factor that obstetricians and other medical professionals should strive for. When medical negligence causes a C-section procedure to go wrong, the mother can decide to proceed with a malpractice litigation to recover for all the harms that she and her infant have experienced. Percy Martinez Fort Lauderdale C-section malpractice lawyers can aid obtain that goal for their clients.