Cesarean Birth Injury December 6, 2023.
Having a baby is an exciting yet frightening time for new parents and childbirth can be wrought with unexpected challenges that pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. A Cesarean section, or C-section for short, is a common surgery used to intervene when the risk of natural labor is too high to continue.
While C-sections can be lifesaving, they also come with inherent risks and possible complications. Here's what to know about Cesarean section birth injuries and how to get legal help after your child is harmed during the birth process.
Cesarean Section Surgery Facts
While sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother and baby during birth, c-sections are unfortunately very risky procedures to have. In fact, the majority of women who go through a cesarean birth experience one or more complications as a result.
Check out these surprising c-section facts:
- Between 2019 and 2021, Black women had the highest rate of cesarean delivery (March of Dimes).
- C-section rates over 19% don’t improve maternal or fetal outcomes (World Health Organization)
- The rate of C-sections in the U.S. is around 34% (Scientific American).
- About 1 in 4 low-risk pregnancies will result in a cesarean birth (UT Southwestern Medical Center).
- Since the 1970s, the c-section rate has risen by a staggering 500% (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).
- For c-sections performed at 9 to 10 cm cervical dilation, a complication rate of 32.6% was observed (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology).
- Women with c-sections are 80% more likely to suffer from complications compared to vaginal birth (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
- Women aged 35 and above are three times more likely to have complications than younger mothers (Reuters).
Potential C-Section Complications
Understanding what kind of complications can arise from a c-section can help you better mitigate problems as they arise. Here are some of the most common challenges women and infants face during a c-section surgery.
- Blood clots
- Anesthesia reactions
- Uterine rupture
- Placenta previa
- Surgical injuries
- Delayed bonding
- Respiratory distress
- Accidental injury
- Low Apgar scores
- Anesthesia reactions
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Allergies and asthma
- Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN)
What Happens After?
Children with birth injuries require ongoing care, potentially even for the rest of their lives in cases of severely disabling events. Parents generally need to collaborate with pediatric specialists, surgeons, rehabilitation therapists, and others who can help manage the child's medical condition.
They will also need to involve educational professionals that can adapt a curriculum for the child's specific learning needs and mental health support to address the emotional impact of life after a birth injury. If parents are heavily involved in caregiving, it's important that they have respite care so they can take breaks as needed to maintain their own well-being.
There are also legal components to consider as the child enters adulthood. It may be necessary to make guardianship arrangements or designate a trust fund to pay for their medical care. Depending on their specific needs, the child may be able to learn independent living skills. Or, it may be necessary to transition them into assisted living if they have higher support needs.
Treatment for children and adults with birth injuries is expensive and there’s often little to no relief available outside of basic insurance coverage, if families even have that. Bringing forward a birth injury lawsuit can give parents the funds they need for their child’s ongoing medical care, assistive devices, and other high-cost items.
If you’re the parent of a child with a birth injury, the path forward can seem intimidating. There are many obstacles ahead and it can be difficult to be prepared for every one. A qualified attorney can help you navigate getting the full and fair compensation your family deserves after someone else’s negligence caused your child permanent harm.
How an Experienced Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
At the Mellino Law Firm, we understand how devastating birth injuries can be for families. If you have had a c-section and have experienced complications as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Our office can review the facts of your case and provide you with honest legal guidance you can trust, so you can make confident decisions about the next step.
Contact us today to learn more about c-section birth injuries or to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Cleveland birth injury attorney. Dial (440) 333-3800 now or fill out our short online form and we’ll call you back as soon as we can.