Baltimore Unnecessary C-Section Malpractice Lawsuit
Expectant mothers will typically do anything necessary to protect their unborn child, including undergoing a cesarean section when necessary. C-sections are sometimes required to prevent harm to the infant or the mother. In other instances though, doctors will perform an unnecessary C-section, which increases the risk of injury to the mother, and particularly to the child. If you have undergone a C-section and believe it was a case of medical negligence, it is important to speak to a Baltimore C-Section lawyer as soon as possible.
Injuries Caused by Unnecessary C-Sections
If C-sections were the safest way to deliver an unborn child, they would be the only method used. Even when these operations are necessary, children are much more at risk when they are delivered through a C-section. When a C-section is not necessary but it is performed anyway, the risk becomes much higher.
Infants born via C-section often have respiratory issues and sometimes, the problem is so severe they need to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Babies born by C-section are also at an increased risk of developing asthma or diabetes in the future. Some babies will also experience a reaction to the anesthesia needed for the C-section and in these instances, they often need emergency care.
Filing a Malpractice Lawsuit After an Unnecessary C-Section
The majority of lawsuits involving birth injuries arise out of a medical professional’s failure to provide adequate treatment, or for negligently providing treatment. Still, it is possible to hold healthcare providers liable for medical malpractice when they have taken action that is unnecessary, such as when they order a C-section that is not needed.
If you wish to file a lawsuit based on an unnecessary C-section, there are certain elements of your case you must prove. These are as follows:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care to provide reasonable treatment that complied with the acceptable standard of care
- The doctor breached that duty
- The breach of duty is directly linked to the harm you suffered as a result of the unnecessary C-section, and
- You incurred harm, or injuries, as a result
In Baltimore, as throughout the rest of Maryland, you need the testimony of an expert witness that can confirm the doctor deviated from the acceptable standard of care. The witness must be a medical professional that practices in the same specialty as the doctor named as the defendant.
Call Our Birth Injury Lawyers in Baltimore Today
If you have undergone a C-section that was not necessary and your child suffered an injury as a result, our Baltimore birth injury lawyers can assist with your case. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC, our skilled attorneys can determine if your C-section was unnecessary and if so, hold the appropriate party liable for paying full damages. Call us today at 410.567.0800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.