Improperly Performed Cesarean Sections Can Lead to the Birth Injury or Death of a Mother or Child
The decision to perform a cesarean section, which is a procedure that can be used to deliver a child surgically when a natural vaginal birth is either unsafe or not occurring as planned, as well as for other reasons, can be extremely influential on the health and life of both the mother and the child who undergo the procedure. Medical providers who recommend or perform a cesarean section must be properly trained to make such a decision only when they are able to perform the procedure safely, and only when it is medically appropriate or requested by a patient who has given informed consent while knowing the potential risks involved.
When a Cesarean Section Is Performed Incorrectly or in an Inappropriate Situation, Medical Providers Can be Held Accountable
There are many situations when a cesarean section is medically necessary and should be performed on a patient. The modern iteration of the procedure has saved hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of lives of both mothers and children worldwide since it was first performed in the late nineteenth century, but many doctors have argued that it is used too commonly now and for the wrong reasons. If a cesarean section is performed on a patient for whom it is not appropriate, or if a patient is not given the right information before deciding to have an elective cesarean section, the medical providers involved in the procedure may be held accountable through a Maryland medical malpractice or birth injury lawsuit if the mother or child is seriously injured or killed by the procedure.
Woman Died on New Year’s Day After Having a Cesarean Section
On January 1 of this year, a 34-year-old woman bled to death after having a cesarean section that may not have been performed properly. According to a local news source discussing the incident and the results of an autopsy that was performed after the woman’s death, she suffered from pre-clampsia, her lungs collapsed, and she died from hypovolemic shock, or blood loss. Although the hospital claims the woman was a high-risk patient and has suggested that no mistakes were made in her treatment, the woman’s family is demanding answers, and all of the findings from an investigation into the death have not yet been released. It is possible that medical malpractice resulted in the woman’s death.
Are You a Victim of Malpractice?
If you or a loved one has suffered from negligent medical care resulting in a birth injury or disability, the qualified and experienced birth injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. If a cesarean section was performed improperly or should not have been performed at all, we may be able to help. Our lawyers represent clients who are victims of all types of birth injuries and medical malpractice, and we represent plaintiffs in the mid-Atlantic region and nationwide. Contact the dedicated birth injury attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt today. Call us at (410) 567-0800 or contact us through our website to schedule a risk-free consultation.