The birth of a baby is a time of excitement, but for some Oregon mothers, certain types of post-delivery complications may ruin their joy. Recovery after a difficult birth, especially a C-section delivery, can be painful and complicated. One of the most common complications mothers experience after a Cesarean delivery is infection. Unfortunately, this may be the result of certain types of negligent, improper post-delivery care and other preventable factors.
If you are struggling with an infection after a C-section, you do not have to face the difficult journey ahead alone. You may be suffering from medical malpractice, which means there are certain legal options available to you. Doctors and care providers are responsible for providing you with care that meets certain standards before, during and after birth.
The serious nature of a wound infection
A C-section requires a major incision that may be several inches long. This is a serious wound, and post-surgical care is critical in order for it to heal correctly and to prevent infection. An infection happens when bacteria come into contact with the wound. Staph bacteria are the most common type to affect C-section wounds as it is naturally occurring and can live on a person’s skin or in hair. When staph causes a post-delivery wound infection, it often presents in the following ways:
- Abscesses — These are sores that contain dead skin and pus, and they can be painful and warm to the touch.
- Impetigo — These are painful blisters that burst and then leave a crust-like scab. They can be very itchy.
- Cellulitis — This is a skin infection that also affects the tissue below the skin. It can spread outward from the incision, and it is often very red and painful.
These conditions are often preventable with appropriate wound care, something that is critical for a large incision, such as those left after a C-section delivery. Wound cleaning, regular bandage changes, sanitation and other steps can lower the chance of a serious infection.
What are your options?
If you believe you are suffering due to an infection that was the result of negligent care, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Your post-delivery care is just as important as the care you receive during your delivery, and you should not have to suffer due to the reckless and negligent actions of a medical professional. If you are suffering from a wound infection after a C-section, you may benefit from exploring the legal options available to you.