The Risks of Injuries During C-Sections | Scott Goodwin Law

The Risks of Injuries During C-Sections

by / Wednesday, 18 January 2023 / Published in Birth Trauma, Medical Malpractice
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Over the years, births by cesarean section have become increasingly common. According to a report released by the CDC, 31.8% of all births in the United States in 2020 were through a C-section. In some cases, C-sections are planned, either due to the mother’s personal preferences or for reasons that were identified before labor began, such as placenta previa, maternal health conditions, or if the baby isn’t in the right position and can’t be adjusted. But in other cases, they can become necessary due to complications that come up during delivery, helping the baby be delivered as quickly and safely as possible.

While C-sections are common and can potentially save lives and prevent injuries, it’s important to remember that a cesarean is still a significant surgical procedure. And as is the case with other surgical procedures, there are risks for potential complications and injuries involved. 

Maternal Injuries & C-Section Risks

Since cesareans involve making incisions to the abdomen and uterus, there’s the risk for surgical injury to surrounding organs, such as the bladder or bowel. If those injuries occur, additional surgery may be necessary. The child could also potentially sustain lacerations from the surgical tools. 

There’s also the risk for infections at the incision site, in the uterine lining, or in the urinary tract. 

Since anesthesia is involved with C-sections, there is a risk of adverse reactions to that anesthesia, such as drastic changes in blood pressure or malignant hyperthermia. Malignant hyperthermia is a condition which involves a high body temperature and requires immediate treatment to prevent problems like harm to organs. 

Having a C-section can also make it more likely that future pregnancies will also require a C-section. While many women successfully have VBACs, there is an increased risk of uterine rupture along the surgical incision. 

On a related note, waiting too long to order an emergency C-section can also have negative health effects for the mother, such as an increased risk of infection and maternal injuries.

Contact a Michigan Birth Trauma Lawyer

Even under the best of circumstances, the process of giving birth is very difficult for both the mother and the child. But when doctors and other medical professionals don’t follow best practices or act quickly enough when complications arise, the effects can be devastating for both the mother and the baby. 

If you or your baby was injured around the time of birth, don’t hesitate to contact a birth trauma lawyer. Birth injury cases are often also medical malpractice cases and it’s important to have someone on your side who knows how to navigate these complex cases. At Goodwin & Scieszka, you’ll be able to get help from a lawyer experienced in helping birth trauma and medical malpractice victims in the state of Michigan. Even if your child is a few years old, you may still have legal options. Contact us to find out how we can help.

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