New Jersey Failure to Timely Perform Cesarean Section Attorney

Failure to Timely Perform C-Section

New Jersey families depend upon doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide appropriate care throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. In cases of a difficult birth, a cesarean section delivery might be necessary to prevent birth injuries. If a health care professional fails to recognize the significance of various clinical manifestations prenatally and throughout labor and delivery, they may not properly assess the need for a Cesarean section delivery. In that instance, if a failure to perform a required Cesarean section occurs, and it results in birth injuries to the newborn or the mother, it may constitute the basis for a medical malpractice claim.

The New Jersey birth injury attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have represented many families suffering after a child is born with a birth injury and guided many to financial settlements that helped them heal and move on. Call us today, at (973) 635-5400 for a free consultation.

When is a Cesarean Section Necessary?

A Cesarean section, commonly referred to as a C-section, can be pre-planned (“elective”), or it may become necessary prior to or during labor, due to various complications which may compromise the health of the baby or the mother.

Doctors and mothers may plan for an elective Cesarean section birth under many circumstances, including the following:

  • Baby large for gestational age (“big baby”)
  • Pre-eclampsia (maternal high blood pressure, etc.)
  • Previous C-section or previous child birthing difficulties
  • Umbilical cord and/or infection issues

Sometimes a mother may begin the process of a vaginal birth, but complications arise during labor that compel doctors to perform a C-section These complications may include:

  • Breech or other abnormal presentation of the baby
  • Placenta, uterine, or umbilical cord problems
  • Failures in the progress of labor
  • Maternal infection and bleeding issues
  • Fetal distress or indications that the baby is not tolerating the labor/delivery; usually seen on the fetal heart monitor strips, and often indicative of a lack of oxygen to the baby (hypoxia or anoxia)

Risks Associated with Failing to Perform a Cesarean Section In a Timely Manner

If a healthcare provider fails to perform a C-section when required, it may result in injury to both the baby and mother. Brain injuries in the child manifested by cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, other neurological conditions and are unfortunately common when a baby is unnecessarily subjected to ongoing distress during the labor and delivery. Organ and orthopedic injuries to both the baby and mother may also occur. Mothers may sustain significant soft tissue or uterine tears and nerve injuries. Babies may sustain nerve injuries to the brachial plexus nerves controlling shoulder, arm and hand function (Erb’s and Klumpke’s Palsies) if delivered vaginally when a C-section was a more viable or required option.

Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari’s experienced lawyers, medical staff, and support staff, have represented New Jersey parents since 1929 in helping them seek compensation for injuries due to medical malpractice during the labor and delivery processes. In 2005, our law firm secured a $9.6 million settlement after an infant suffered severe brain damage when a midwife and obstetrician failed to perform a Cesarean section within a timely manner. In 1994, we secured a $5 million settlement after a doctor waited over an hour to perform a C-section despite the presence of fetal distress.

Consult with a Knowledgeable New Jersey Birth Injury Attorney

Our team of dedicated New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers have served New Jersey and out of state residents for more than seventy years. If you or a loved one was injured due a doctor’s failure to perform a Cesarean section, call us for a no-cost consultation at (973) 635-5400 to discuss your potential claim.

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