Cesarean Section Errors & Injuries in New Mexico
Cesarean sections, commonly referred to as “C-sections,” are surgical procedures used to deliver babies that cannot be delivered vaginally or when the mother does not wish to give birth vaginally. In many cases, C-sections are medical necessities, used to preserve the safety of the mother and the baby.
It is critically important that the doctor performing a C-section, as well as all attending medical personnel, follow the accepted standard of care. Although they are routine, C-sections are still fairly major surgeries, and any mistake made during the process could have significant consequences.
If you or your child suffered an injury, or if your loved one passed away, after undergoing a cesarean section, you could have a medical malpractice claim. We encourage you to reach out to our Albuquerque C-section injury lawyers at Curtis & Co. as soon as possible. Our team can review your claim and look for evidence of medical negligence. We only accept cases we truly believe we can win; if we take your case, you can count on us to work tirelessly for the justice you and your family deserve.
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C-section injuries are injuries that occur due to a surgical error or an act of negligence before, during, or immediately after the procedure. Although C-section errors and injuries are relatively rare, they can result in injury to both the mother and the baby.
Some common C-section injuries to the mother include:
- Cuts and lacerations to surrounding organs and tissue
- Excessive blood loss (hemorrhaging)
- Infections, including surgical site infections and infections of the uterine lining (endometritis)
- Poor reactions to anesthesia due to anesthesia errors
- Blood clots
Additionally, some common C-section injuries to the infant include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Skin lacerations
- Respiratory problems
- Head and brain injuries
- Brain damage
- Nerve damage
- Brachial plexus injuries
Loss of oxygen to the infant may result in permanent cognitive issues, as well as certain conditions such as cerebral palsy. Nerve damage, meanwhile, may lead to partial or total paralysis of certain limbs, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, and other life-altering conditions.
Most cesarean sections are successful with no injuries to the mother or baby. However, when medical providers perform improper C-sections or make mistakes before, during, or immediately after surgery, the risk of injury significantly increases.
Some of the most common causes of C-section injuries include:
- Delayed C-Section: If the medical provider waits too long to perform the C-section, the chance of there being complications with the procedure and/or the baby’s health increases. Delayed C-sections have been associated with an increased risk of fetal brain damage, ruptured maternal membranes, and other serious issues.
- Poor Communication: All surgical procedures require good communication between surgeons, nurses, and other medical providers, as well as different hospital departments and even providers and patients. Lack of proper communication can result in errors that may have serious or even life-threatening effects.
- Failure to Monitor: During a C-section, medical professionals must carefully monitor both the baby and the mother’s vital signs to ensure that there are no problems. If a problem does arise, providers should immediately recognize it and take steps to correct it. Failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice or negligence.
- Surgical Error: A mistake during surgery, such as perforating the bladder or bowels or creating an incision at the wrong location, can have serious consequences. Many C-section errors made during the surgical procedure itself require additional surgeries to repair and/or treat. Sometimes, these errors can cause serious injury to the infant.
- Inadequate Aftercare: Surgical site infections and other post-operative complications can result in serious, potentially life-threatening consequences for the mother. Medical professionals should perform sufficient follow-up and aftercare services to help ensure that there are no post-operative complications or, if there are, that they are properly treated.
At Curtis & Co., we thoroughly investigate C-section injury claims to determine whether medical malpractice or negligence was the cause. If we find evidence of substandard medical care, we immediately begin putting together a powerful case aimed at maximizing our client’s recovery. As your legal team, we are committed to fighting for every penny you are owed so that you can begin to heal and move forward with your life.
If you need help filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit related to a C-section error or injury, turn to the team at Curtis & Co. With more than 40 years of combined legal experience and a long, proven track record of success, our Albuquerque C-section error attorneys have what it takes to aggressively advocate for you and your recovery.
We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay anything out of pocket when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees and litigation-related costs if and when we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with our team, call Curtis & Co. at (505) 871-3740 or contact us online using our secure form.
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