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What Are My Legal Options After a C-Section Error?

When childbirth cannot occur naturally, a Cesarean section (more commonly referred to as a “C-section”) surgery can be performed to deliver the baby safely and with as little risk to both the mother and her child as possible. As with any surgery, C-sections are not entirely without risk, but when performed correctly by a competent doctor, the procedure is considered safe.

Doctors who are careless or not properly trained, however, put their patients at a much higher risk of injury or post-surgery complications, and may cause lasting harm to the baby.

If you or your child have suffered an injury as a result of a C-section error, call Habbas & Associates today for a free case evaluation: (888) 387-4053.

Common C-Section Errors

C-sections are typically ordered for one or more of the following reasons:

  • In infants:
    • Signs of fetal distress
    • An infant in breech position
    • An infant diagnosed with a birth defect
    • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • In mothers:
    • No progress during labor
    • Diabetes
    • Preeclampsia
    • Active genital herpes
    • Previous C-sections
    • Uterine ruptures
    • Carrying twins or multiples

Doctors typically make one of three mistakes when it comes to C-sections: they either don’t order them at all when they should have, they order them too late, or they made a surgical mistake during the procedure.

Doctors can be held responsible for negligence for any of the following:

  • Failing to diagnose and treat a condition in the mother or child during pregnancy, including breech position or a wrapped umbilical cord
  • Failing to order a necessary C-section, resulting in brain damage, cerebral palsy, and other permanent injuries
  • Failing to perform the C-section skilfully, resulting in fetal laceration, injury to nearby organs, infection, and even death

Has a C-Section Error Left You or Your Child Injured?

C-section errors are very serious and could result in life-altering consequences for you or your child. If you or your baby has suffered injury as a result of a bad decision or poorly-performed surgery, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. The San Jose medical malpractice lawyers at Habbas & Associates may be able to help you obtain compensation for expenses related to your medical care, rehabilitation, living expenses, and more.

To learn more about your rights to pursue compensation, please call us today to discuss your case during a free, no obligation consultation: (888) 387-4053.

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