Could my Baby’s Injuries be from a Delayed C-Section: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Delayed C-Sections and Oregon Medical Malpractice: Could a Baby’s Birth Injuries be from an Untimely C-Section?


The entire process of having a baby is a very exciting but also very stressful, anxious, and even scary.  This is particularly true for first time parents, whom will have these emotions magnified.  This is why we rely on healthcare providers such as our primary care physician of family care practitioner who has helped guide us through the pregnancy period.  Also the OB-GYN who has helped monitor and evaluate our baby.  During the very stressful labor and delivery process, we again rely on these professionals to tell us what to do and what is proper.  But when they give us the wrong advice, or when they make reckless, careless, or downright negligent mistakes, it could result in serious birth injuries and be Oregon medical malpractice.  If your newborn baby has sustained birth injuries, it could be due to an untimely or delayed c-section which should be evaluated by a Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


Reasons Why a C-Section is Necessary


The recent health trend is to deliver a baby naturally, with limited pain medications and sometimes even in the comfort of your own home.  This also includes using midwifes instead of doctors.  But medical advancements and the array of equipment at a hospital help ensure that your baby is healthy and, if there is a problem, that issues can be immediately handled with the most up-to-date technological advancements.


Sometimes this means a c-section, something must parents do not want—especially most mothers.  But the reality is this is a safe procedure and it will ensure that a high risk pregnancy or delivery is safely made.  Some of the reasons why a c-section is necessary include the following:


  • Fetal distress is detected but no reason apparent;
  • Umbilical cord rupture or prolapse;
  • Large baby, including the head or the shoulders which may not make it through the pelvis/cervix;
  • Excessive and dangerous contractions which restrict a baby’s ability to breath;
  • Bleeding from an unknown origin;
  • Excruciating pain not relieved with medication;
  • Hypoxic conditions of the baby;
  • Maternal distress or high risks for injury; and
  • Many other causes.


Delays in a C-Section Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


If some of the reasons noted above are present during the labor and delivery process, it may be best that a c-section is performed.  In fact, in some instances the only option would be a c-section.  However, there are many reasons why a c-section may be delayed or not performed.  These reasons may be due to Oregon medical malpractice and cause serious personal injury to the baby or the mother.


Causes for delays in a c-section include the following:


  • The family care practitioner/primary care practitioner, who cannot perform a c-section, want insurance “credit” for the baby’s delivery and will not pass the patient to the OB-GYN team for the c-section;
  • Inexperienced nursing staff;
  • Improperly reading fetal monitoring strips;
  • Understaffing;
  • Failure to timely check the mother’s vitals and the baby’s vitals;
  • Rushing and not evaluating properly;
  • Failing to identify fetal distress;
  • Improperly monitoring contractions; and 
  • Many other reasons


Delays in Performing a C-Section Can Result in Oregon Birth Injuries


If your newborn baby suffered serious health consequences as a result of an untimely or delayed c-section, please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what rights to compensation you and your family may have.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.  


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