Pittsburgh C-Section Injury Lawyers
Results-Focused Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fight on Behalf of Victims of Negligently-Caused C-Section Injuries in Pittsburgh, PA
A cesarean section, commonly referred to as a C-section, is a surgical procedure that provides an alternative to natural vaginal childbirth. C-sections are typically performed when complications arise during pregnancy or during childbirth, or when risk factors to the mother and/or to the child necessitate performing a C-section for childbirth (for example, if the mother has previously had a C-section). Although most C-sections in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania are safely performed each year, doctors and other medical providers can and do make mistakes when evaluating the need to perform a C-section (particularly the need for an emergency C-section) or when performing the actual procedure itself. Injuries that arise due to a delayed C-section or a negligently-performed C-section can have long-lasting or permanent consequences for mother and baby, or can even prove fatal.
At Berger & Lagnese, our dedicated Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys fight to protect the rights and interests of mothers and children who have been harmed by C-section injuries. Our legal team has the experience to know what it takes to get you and your family the fair and full compensation that you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of C-section injuries that were the result of a medical provider’s negligence, reach out to the attorneys of Berger & Lagnese to go over your legal rights and options and to discuss how our firm may be able to help you successfully pursue your birth injury case.
Examples of C-Section Complications and Injuries
Cesarean sections have become incredibly common medical procedures. A competent and well-trained physician should normally be able to perform a C-section without incident or injury to mother and child. However, like any other surgical procedure, performing a C-section carries risk of complications and injury. A doctor who exercises his or her duty of care will take all reasonable actions to minimize the risks of complication and injury for mother and child during a C-section. Nevertheless, some of the complications and injuries that can arise when a C-section procedure is unnecessarily delayed or negligently performed include:
- Respiratory issues for the baby, including rapid breathing after birth, which usually occurs when a C-section is performed too early during the pregnancy when a baby’s lungs have not yet fully developed
- Birth asphyxia, which can occur when a physician fails to timely perform a C-section upon signs that the baby is not receiving sufficient oxygen; this can lead to brain damage or organ damage, resulting in impaired bodily functions
- Physical trauma to the baby, again when the physician fails to timely perform an emergency C-section upon signs that the baby is having trouble being delivered, leading to injuries like broken bones or brachial plexus injuries
- Excessive bleeding, which may occur to the mother if the physician makes an improper incision, or to the baby if the physician accidentally cuts the baby during the C-section procedure
Mothers tend to face greater risks of injury during C-section, including complications and injuries such as infections to the incision, endometritis (infection/inflammation of the uterus), blood clots, bladder or bowel injury, and anesthesia-related complications. Ultimately, a C-section injury to either mother or child can quickly turn fatal if not promptly treated.
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Berger & Lagnese Has the Experience to Hold Negligent Medical Providers for Avoidable Injuries Caused During Your C-Section in Pittsburgh
When your physician or other medical provider renders negligent care related to a C-section procedure, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries and damages that you and/or your baby suffer as a result. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys understand how difficult it often is to pursue C-section injury cases. That is why our legal team will take on the hard work of pursuing the financial compensation you need and deserve. When you choose Berger & Lagnese to help you with your case, you can expect that we will use our extensive experience and our firm’s full resources to fully investigate your case to determine whether your medical providers were negligent in your care. We will handle every aspect of your case, from working with necessary medical experts to build your case, to negotiating with the at-fault parties to try to reach a settlement that provides you with fair and full compensation, to advocating your case in court and at trial if necessary.
Schedule an Initial Case Review with a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Berger & Lagnese Today
If you’ve suffered avoidable injuries and complications from a C-section procedure that was negligently performed, you deserve to seek financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses. Contact the Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese today for a free, no-obligation consultation to go over your legal rights and options and to learn more about how having our experienced legal team on your side can improve your chances of receiving maximum compensation in your C-section injury case.
Frequently Asked Questions about C-Section Injuries in Pittsburgh, PA
FAQ: How will I know whether my C-section injury was an injury that typically occurs during these procedures or was the result of my physician’s negligence?
Although serious injuries can occur during a normal C-section procedure (a physician’s concerns about causing injuries may also explain a delayed C-section procedure), a competent physician should be able to monitor both mother and baby for any signs of complications or distress that would indicate that a C-section is necessary to prevent more serious injury or even death to mother and/or child. Moreover, any experienced physician should be able to perform a C-section without causing more significant injuries to the mother or baby.
FAQ: What kinds of compensation might I be entitled to for C-section injuries?
If you’ve suffered avoidable injuries from a C-section, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of medical treatment for the injuries you’ve incurred, lost wages for additional time you miss from work while recovering from your C-section injuries, and pain and suffering and lost quality of life caused by your C-section injuries (for example, if your injuries affect your ability to have more children in the future).