Posted by Crandall & Pera Law LLC on 06/18/2018

Delayed Caesareans Can Lead to Brain Damage or Death

Delayed Caesareans Can Lead to Brain Damage or Death

When preparing for a child, you try to be ready for anything and everything. Getting the nursery ready, gathering clothes and toys, even packing up a hospital bag and leaving it by the door—you have everything you need to be ready for the big day. And when that day finally does arrive, you must hand over control to your doctor and medical team who assure you that everything will be fine.

In the majority of cases, everyone goes home happy and healthy. But for some parents, things don't go as expected—every year in the United States about seven out of every 1,000 births result in a birth injury.

When C-sections aren't performed in time

Even one story about parents suffering a loss due to a delayed caesarean section (C-section) is too many. A delayed c-section can result in severe birth injuries or even death. A recent case filed in West Virginia accuses a hospital of delaying a C-section for several hours, resulting in the child's developmental disorders.

The suit alleges that as a result of the delayed C-section, Landon Rife suffered hypoxia in utero and now has several developmental disorders, including pervasive developmental disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a stutter, rage reaction with violent behavior disorder, involuntary muscle movements and developmental delays that will last the rest of his life.

In many cases, birth injuries of these types are avoidable with responsible treatment, which makes them all the more tragic.

Why do doctors delay treatment or delivery?

The majority of the time, treatment is delayed and birth injuries occur due to human error. A study by The Doctors Company showed the most common reasons include:

  • Nurses didn't identify patterns of metabolic academia (sign of fetal distress)
  • Nurses did recognize patterns of fetal distress, but did not notify physician
  • Physicians did not go to hospital when called
  • Physicians aware of fetal heart rate issues didn't make timely decisions to perform C-sections
  • Caesarean sections were ordered but then delayed (no OR and/or staff available)
  • Physicians disagreed with nurses' findings
  • Birth injuries due to undetermined causes

Many, or a combination of, factors can contribute to a delayed C-section and result in birth injury or even the death of your newborn. This is even more heartbreaking if the event was avoidable.

If you believe your child's birth injury was preventable, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Crandall & Pera Law, we can answer your questions, and provide the support and advice you need. Please call our team in Ohio or Kentucky at 877-686-8879 to schedule a no-obligation consultation or visit our Pregnancy and Birth Guide.

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