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Approximately 1 of every 3 babies in the United States is delivered by cesarean section, accounting for about 1.3 million each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 33% of women in the US. had a cesarean delivery in 2011. The rate of c-sections in the country has increased by nearly 60% since 1996. In 2014, the cesarean delivery rate was 32.3% of all births.

C-sections are routine procedures, but as with other types of surgery, it has its own risks and there can be a number of complications. Most medical professionals have the experience and equipment to handle cesarean section complications in case they arise. However, there are cases where the mother or child is harmed unnecessarily.

Planned and Unplanned Cesarean Sections

There are two types of c-sections - planned and unplanned. Before delivery, the doctor may decide that a c-section is required to keep the baby or mother safe. Also, complications can arise even in a normal delivery, which requires for the doctor to perform an unplanned c-section.

A Few Common Reasons for Unplanned Cesarean Sections

  • There is a delay in labor.
  • There are signs of distress in the baby or mother.
  • The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck.
  • A normal delivery is not possible due to the baby's large size.

Common Reasons for Planned Cesarean Section

  • The mother has an infection that the baby could develop.
  • The baby is still in a head-down position even when the delivery date is close.
  • The mother's condition is weak prior to delivery.
  • The mother is carrying multiple babies.
  • The mother has had a c-section in the past and the incision might be torn if a normal delivery is done.

Filing a Claim for C-section Complication

If our doctor's negligence caused injury to you or your baby, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or hospital where the c-section was performed. There are four legal requirements you must meet, known as burden of proof. You will have to prove:

  • You were owed a duty by your doctor to carry out your c-section according to the medical standard of care that is accepted and set by other doctors in the same community.
  • Your doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care.
  • You or your baby were injured as a result of the deviation.
  • This deviation was a direct cause of injury to you or your baby.

You should get all copies of your medical records, as well as any other documentation related to your delivery. After reviewing your documents and speaking with you, your attorney will be able to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

America's most Exceptional Law Firm in America's Biggest City is RMFW Law

If you or your baby has been injured in a cesarean section complication, you should immediately consult one of the many medical malpractice attorneys at the Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff law firm. The first meeting is free.

We know how to win cases. We have been doing it for years. Call up RMFW Law - we want to see if your case is viable. What do you have to say? What is your side of the story? We know how to win these types of cases. We know how to start this process and what is required. We look forward to hearing from you.

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