Medical care providers have a duty to provide appropriate medical care to their patients. During pregnancy, this care would include prenatal care and monitoring as well as complete care during and after delivery. Pregnant women rely on their medical care providers to detect any problems with the pregnancy, as well as any potential problems with the delivery.
When Are Cesarean Sections Necessary?
A cesarean section can either be an elective choice in delivering a baby or a necessity due to complications. The medical care provider must be prepared to perform a c-section at any time during the delivery. In New Jersey, doctors must start a c-section within 30 minutes of determining that it is necessary. Failure to follow this guideline could be considered medical malpractice.
Reasons why a c-section could be preplanned
A woman and her medical care provider may elect to set a date to deliver the baby by cesarean section for any of the following reasons:
- Previous cesarean section delivery
- Previous complications with natural delivery
- Mother or baby is suspected of having an infection
- Problems with the umbilical cord
- Size of baby
Some Reasons Why An Emergency C-Section Is Needed
During labor and delivery, some situations may arise that requires an immediate c-section. Some of these reasons include:
- Umbilical cord problems
- Uterine or placenta issues
- Breech position or other presentation concerns
- Maternal infection
- Maternal bleeding
- Labor will not progress which endangers baby
- Fetal distress
Risks Associated With Failure To Perform a Timely Cesarean Section
When a cesarean section is not performed in a timely manner, many issues can arise that will injure both the baby and the mother. The infant can suffer neurological injuries from lack of oxygen or injuries to the head/brain. Damage to the brachial plexus can occur if the vaginal delivery is mishandled, permanently damaging the arm and hand on one side of the baby.
Difficult deliveries can result in organ damage and fractures to the baby if the baby is forced through the birth canal when too many risks are present. Many of these injuries could cause lifelong impairments to the child.
Injuries resulting from failure to perform a timely c-section can be life changing for both the baby and mother. It is rights if you have been injured in this manner. Speak with a New Jersey injury attorney about the injuries to determine if you qualify for compensation.