Medical Negligence and Cesarean Sections
Cesarean sections—also known as a c-section—can result in dangerous and long-lasting injuries to both a mother during childbirth and the baby. If you or a loved one in Pittsburgh has recently gone through a c-section and has experienced harmful side effects, a Pittsburgh cesarean sections lawyer from Berger and Green can investigate your injuries to determine if medical malpractice was involved.
If our team uncovers negligence as the root cause of your procedure-related injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages.
C-sections are very common in the U.S., as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that over 1.2 million babies are born each year via c-section surgery, which is equal to roughly 32% of all newborn births annually in America.
With so many cesarean sections happening each year, it leads to the possibility of medical malpractice. If you suspect your injuries (or your newborn’s injuries) were the direct result of negligence, Berger and Green may be able to help you file a claim for financial compensation so your family can secure peace of mind and justice.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 to learn more about your legal recourse options following a cesarean section.
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Why Doctors Conduct Cesarean Sections
According to the Mayo Clinic, cesarean sections are used to deliver babies by placing an incision into a woman’s abdomen and uterus to remove the baby. These procedures may be planned out ahead of time with your doctor for the safety of the mother and the infant. In some circumstances, a medical team determines that a mother requires a c-section while labor is underway. In these circumstances, the cesarean may be referred to as an “emergency” c-section.
Unexpected problems can lead to cesarean section surgery for mothers giving birth, according to MedlinePlus. The Mayo Clinic states that doctors will conduct this procedure if the mother’s cervix is covered by their placenta, if the baby’s heart rate implies distress, or if the mother’s umbilical cord enters their cervix before the baby does.
Women may even request cesarean sections to avoid complications with vaginal birth. However, the Mayo Clinic warns that this may be dangerous if the mother is looking to have multiple children, as several c-sections can cause women to experience placental problems or heavy bleeding. Overall, it is the duty of your healthcare provider to give you the safest options for delivering your baby. If they did not warn you of potential side effects, you may be able to pursue compensation.
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Cesarean Section Risks from which You May Have Suffered
When considering risks for your baby, the Mayo Clinic states that a surgical injury can occur on your baby’s skin when doctors fail to conduct the procedure safely. Additionally, your baby may be faced with breathing troubles as a result of transient tachypnea. This can take place after a baby’s first few days of life, as they experience abnormal fast breathing patterns.
The mother also takes on risk from cesarean sections. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following risks a mother can face following a c-section include:
- Formation of blood clots
- Infection around the lining of the woman’s uterus
- Infection from the incision
- Difficulties during a future pregnancy
- Side effects due to exposure to anesthesia
- Injuries during surgery
- Heavy bleeding (known as postpartum hemorrhage)
If you or a loved one in Pittsburgh has recently suffered complications following a c-section, contact Berger and Green today to learn about any legal recourse options. Both the mother and baby face many risk factors following a c-section, and in some cases, a doctor could be responsible for any injuries or negative side effects.
To get started investigating negligence involved in your recent cesarean section surgery in Pittsburgh, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400. A Pittsburgh cesarean sections lawyer may be able to help you.
We Can Valuate Your Damages
We can help you determine what kind of damages you can pursue depending on your losses. These may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Childcare costs while you are recovering
- Lost wages
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A Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
We want to help your family in any way we can. In addition to evaluating your damages, we can:
- Inform you of your options
- Answer your questions
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Defend your rights
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
- Compiling and analyzing evidence
We can also prove liability in your case. We will do so by:
- Showing that the liable party had a duty of care to you.
- Proving that the liable party violated this duty of care.
- Displaying how this violation resulted in your injuries.
File a Personal Injury Claim with Berger and Green
Your Pittsburgh cesarean sections lawyer from Berger and Green will understand that c-sections are naturally dangerous procedures for the health and safety of the mother and child. However, when negligence leads to any injuries, the mother may have the right to file a claim against the healthcare provider for the sake of themselves and their newborns.
To learn more about investigating a hospital or a doctor for medical malpractice after your recent cesarean section surgery in Pittsburgh, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 for a free consultation today. You may have a limited time to take action under 42 PA.C.S. § 5524(2). We can inform you about whether this timeline will affect you. Reach out today.