The birth of a baby should be a time of celebration and excitement for your Oregon family, but it could be a time of confusion and pain if things do not go as planned. While Cesarean deliveries are relatively common, they are not risk-free procedures. These are major surgeries, and like all surgeries, they carry the potential for complications that could affect you for the rest of your life.
In many cases, a C-section delivery is medically necessary, an option that could benefit both you and your child in certain situations. However, you should receive a thorough explanation from your doctor about the reasons why this may be necessary and what to expect if this happens to you. Of course, you should also have the ability to expect care from your doctor that meets a certain standard before, during and after a C-section delivery.
When something goes wrong
C-section deliveries are sometimes necessary in cases where the labor is not progressing as hoped, the mother is carrying multiple babies or if the mother has a medical condition that could complicate delivery. Doctors complete most C-section deliveries without any complications or issues for the mother or baby. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, however. Some of the most common issues that arise during and after this type of delivery include:
- Post-surgery infection
- Painful and debilitating scars or muscle damage
- Uterine inflammation
- Internal bleeding
Any of these issues or others could affect your ability to carry healthy pregnancies in the future. Injuries to the baby or problems suffered by the mother during a C-section delivery could be the result of negligent post-delivery care, mistakes made during delivery, failure to diagnose a problem or other preventable issues.
Are you the victim of medical malpractice?
If you believe you suffered preventable issues during or after your C-section delivery, or if your child suffered harm during birth, it could be the result of medical malpractice. While this is unfortunate, you do not have to navigate the aftermath of this traumatic situation alone.
Victims of malpractice may have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim. While this cannot reverse what you went through, it gives you the opportunity to seek recovery of your financial losses and ensure you have what you need for future related medical needs. These cases are time-sensitive, and your quick action may improve your chances of a successful claim.