Cesarean sections, or C-sections, account for approximately one in three births in the United States. Although they are common, this does not mean that they are always needed, performed on time, or performed correctly. C-section errors can place mother and baby at risk of serious injury, and when they occur at-fault parties should be held accountable.
For over 40 years, the Hawaii birth injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston have represented injured children and their families in cases involving all types of obstetrical malpractice, including C-section errors. With a nurse and Medical Director on staff, they understand how and when a C-section should be performed and can identify deviations from standard care that cause serious birth injuries.
If you suspect that a C-section error caused you or your child harm, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston offers a free case evaluation to review your situation and offer guidance.
Types of C-Section Injuries
A doctor may recommend a C-section before a pregnant woman goes into labor if she or the baby are at risk of injury if a vaginal delivery were attempted. In other cases, a C-section may be ordered after the mother has gone into labor. In either scenario, your doctor should carefully assess the pros and cons of a C-section and should explain these to you so that you can make sure the right decision is made. If an emergency C-section is required, your doctor should move as quickly as possible to perform the procedure without sacrificing quality of care.
When a C-section is performed incorrectly, mother or baby may suffer serious harm. Types of C-section injuries may include:
- Fetal lacerations, which can lead to scarring, disfigurement, brachial plexus injuries, or paralysis.
- Physical trauma sustained by the infant, such as broken bones.
- Maternal lacerations, affecting the bladder, bowels, or other nearby organs.
- Maternal infection, which can be caused by unclean instruments or an object left in the body.
- Maternal hemorrhage or blood clots, for which the mother should be carefully monitored.
A failure to recommend a C-section can result in serious complications during birth, leading to asphyxia, brain damage, or even a loss of life. We can take on cases involving delayed C-sections, C-section mistakes, and failures to recommend C-sections.
Taking on Cases Across Hawaii
Representing clients across Hawaii, the attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston are committed to the pursuit of justice after serious C-section errors. Although these cases are complex and technical in nature, they have the know-how to succeed. We are standing by to see how we can assist you.
Contact a Hawaii C-section error lawyer at (808) 400-7517 for your free consultation.