Verdicts & Settlements: Failure to Offer C-Section Operation
Medical professionals are required to inform expectant mothers of the risks associated with labor and delivery that may necessitate Cesarean delivery. If any condition, complication, or procedure increases a mother’s chance of needing a C-section, medical professionals must offer the option of performing a C-section and obtain patient consent. For instance, the failure to offer C-section delivery even in the case of providing an epidural is an act of medical malpractice.
The birth injury lawyers at Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys have decades of specialized experience handling cases surrounding the mismanagement of C-section deliveries. In this section, you’ll read about one of these cases. If you know a child or mother who was injured because a medical professional failed to offer C-section delivery, we urge you to reach out for legal help. Call our cerebral palsy lawyers toll-free at (888) 592-1857 or fill out our online contact form.
1. Child Wins $2.25 Million
Failure to Offer C-Section Leads to Birth Trauma and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy with Resultant Erb’s Palsy and Cerebral Palsy
In this case, a mother with gestational diabetes had her baby’s weight estimated at 8 pounds the week before delivery. Even though medical professionals anticipated a large (macrosomic) baby, they did not provide the mother with the option of having a C-section delivery. The infant was born at 11 pounds and suffered shoulder dystocia during vaginal delivery. After being stuck in the birth canal for four minutes, the baby suffered brain damage, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and birth trauma. The birth injuries resulted in Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy.