Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Personal Injury Attorneys | Chicago, IL
Se Habla Español
Free Initial Consultations 888-325-7299

Recovering Damages for a Botched C-Section

baby-821625_640.jpgIf a botched c-section injures a mother or her baby, the victim might be able to recover damages by filing a malpractice claim against the doctors, nurses, and the hospital where the surgery was performed. C-section injuries can have lifelong consequences for mother and child. Doctors have a duty of care to their patients to inform them of the risks and to adhere to established safety procedures to reduce the dangers.

C-Sections in America

There are more than 1.2 million c-section procedures performed in the United States each year. These procedures are generally performed when the life of the mother or child is at risk. While most c-sections are planned, a significant number are emergency procedures performed with little to no planning. Conditions that can lead to an emergency c-section recommendation include fetal distress, placenta previa or abruption, or other pregnancy complications.   

Physicians might also recommend a c-section procedure due to infections the baby could contract during vaginal delivery, if the woman is obese, or if the baby is significantly large. Other reasons include multiple deliveries, high blood pressure, or if labor is not progressing as required. C-section may also be advisable when the placenta is low-lying or it is blocking the birth canal. Physicians are required to thoroughly assess the woman's health and determine the risks associated with performing a c-section. 

Risk for Babies & Mothers

A botched c-section can result in infant death. It can cause severe breathing problems, the development of asthma, or irreparable brain damage. Problems can be caused by improper administration of anesthetic, failure to adhere to established sterilization procedures, improper training, or surgical errors.  

The procedure can cause a pulmonary embolism or excessive bleeding in the mother. It can allow potentially fatal infections to take hold and result in significant pain. C-sections also leave permanent scars and can result in the need to perform an emergency hysterectomy. Recovery from a botched c-section can take significant time during which the woman will be unable to work which could reduce her income. 

Pursuing Compensation for Damages

Women who have suffered serious injury from a botched c-section should thoroughly document their injuries. Photographs, medical records, eyewitness statements, and other documents can establish the extent of the injury and the impact it has on the individual's health and quality of life.   

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Scholarship AwardWin A $1,000
Scholarship Award

Submit a 1,500 words or less topic-specific essay by July 15, 2019 via this website for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship from Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish.
Click Here for more submission details on how to win.

Get The Settlement That You Deserve Tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you with a FREE case evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Schedule Your FREE Consultation
Map

Office Location

20 North Clark Street 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 888-325-7299
Toll Free: 888-325-7299
Phone: 312-445-9084
Phone: 312-445-9084
Fax: 312-782-6739
Chicago Law Office Map

Contact Us