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Was your C-section too late to prevent injuries to your baby?

Like flying, in which the most dangerous times are during takeoff and landing, labor and delivery is often the most dangerous time for an expectant mother and her unborn child. The nine months leading up to the birth are often complication free, but as you approach your delivery date and once you begin contractions, very real dangers to you and your unborn child may arise.

The doctors and nurses around you during this time owe you a duty to monitor you and your baby's conditions. If signs of danger manifest themselves, you may need a Cesarean section in order to increase the chances of both you and your baby going home happy and healthy. Unfortunately, doctors and nurses sometimes ignore warning signs or make some other costly mistake. The longer you go without a C-section, the greater the risks that you and/or your baby could suffer irreversible and permanent injury.

Under what conditions should a doctor perform a C-section?

Doctors and nurses should watch for a variety of conditions and circumstances under which a C-section may be medically necessary. Some of those include the following:

  • Uterine rupture, in which your uterus tears
  • Placental abruption, in which the placenta detaches from the uterine wall
  • Fetal distress, in which your baby's oxygen supply decreases
  • Your cervix fails to completely dilate and your labor fails to progress
  • Your baby threatens to come out feet first, called breech position

These are just some of the reasons that you may need a C-section. If medical staff ignore the warning signs or fail to discover your need for immediate surgical intervention, you and/or your baby could suffer permanent and debilitating injuries.

Seeking compensation

If the worst happens and you or your baby suffers injuries because your doctor failed to take the appropriate course of action soon enough to prevent those injuries, you have rights. Your doctors and the other medical professionals around you owed you a duty of care, and violating that duty could constitute medical negligence.

Proving that your care fell below the accepted medical standards for an obstetrician could present a challenge. These types of claims require a certain amount of experience in order to increase the chances of success. In addition to obtaining the advice and assistance of an Illinois medical malpractice attorney, you will also need the opinion of an appropriate medical professional. Attempting to navigate this particular area of law on your own could cause you more frustration and stress than necessary.

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