Nashville C-Section Injury Lawyer
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Cesarean sections, or C-sections, have become a common method for delivering babies. Today, according to data from the CDC, roughly one-third of all deliveries in the U.S. are performed via C-section.
Though common, C-sections are still medical procedures that come with risks – both to mothers and babies. As such, medical professionals have obligations to manage those risks reasonably, and to avoid medical mistakes that can result in preventable harm and losses.
Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge is a nationally recognized civil trial practice that represents birth injury victims throughout Tennessee and the surrounding states. If you or someone you love has suffered from a possible C-section error, our team is available to discuss your potential case, and your options for pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve.
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- Certified Civil Trial & Medical Malpractice Specialists
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C-Section Errors & Victims’ Rights
C-sections have been hailed for avoiding serious injuries and death in high-risk situations, but they are still far from “easy” procedures. Medical professionals who treat mothers and their babies during pregnancy, labor, and delivery must exert considerable caution when C-sections become an option, and they are obligated to uphold the “duty of care” they owe to both mothers and babies.
Given the risks of C-sections, it is critical health care providers abide by acceptable standards of their profession whenever they treat pregnant mothers. Unfortunately, as statistics show, nurses, obstetricians, and other professionals can commit mistakes that come with major consequences.
When Should C-Sections be Performed?
C-sections can be either planned or “elective,” or a measure taken when there are medical emergencies. There are many reasons why a C-section may be planned, but common examples include:
- Maternal risk factors for delivery complications (i.e. obesity, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy)
- Multiple babies or large babies
- Maternal infections which could be transferred to a child
- A previous C-section or uterine surgery
- Known complications (abnormal positioning of fetus, umbilical cord problems, etc.)
Medical professionals have a duty to weigh the risks and benefits of planned C-sections carefully, and choose an appropriate means of delivery given the circumstances at hand. In some cases, that may mean an unplanned or emergency C-section, especially in situations involving:
- Prolonged labor / no progress in delivery
- Uterine rupture or placental blockage
- Signs of fetal or maternal distress
- Umbilical cord entanglement
- Other complications
When is it Malpractice?
Determining whether you may have a potential medical malpractice claim is a highly fact-specific matter. Generally, malpractice occurs when health care providers fail to act as reasonably skilled medical professionals would be expected to act in the same or similar circumstances.
While that can be a nebulous definition, there are some common examples of C-section errors which may give rise to birth injury lawsuits:
- Failure to perform a C-section (i.e. medical emergencies during delivery, risk factors missed during pregnancy, etc.)
- Delayed C-section (failures to monitor fetal heart rate, maternal or fetal distress, prolonged labor and delivery, etc.)
- Surgical errors (i.e. nicked bladder, surgical instruments left behind, infections, etc.)
- Maternal injuries (bowel or bladder laceration, organ collapse hemorrhaging)
- Anesthesia errors or medication errors
- Trauma, including brachial plexus or
- Preventable brain damage arising from oxygen deprivation
These and other C-section mistakes can have permanent and profound consequences for victims; ranging from serious traumatic injuries to brain damage, cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, and maternal or fetal death.
Help is Available. Call (615) 933-2893
If you believe a birth injury or death was caused by a medical mistake before, during, or after a C-section or in relation to a natural delivery, it is vital that you seek a personalized case review from lawyers experienced in this field of law. KCB has spent decades fighting for medical malpractice and birth injury victims across the region, and is available to help you better understand your rights and options.
Call (615) 933-2893 or contact our firm online to request a FREE consultation. We’re available 24/7, and serve clients throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and beyond.
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