C-Section Errors & Malpractice Lawyers in Pittsburgh
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in three children is born via a cesarean section, also known as a C-section. While many C-sections are recommended to expecting parents to address and remedy childbirth complications, there are many things that could go wrong during the procedure that could lead to injury.
Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. is here to advocate for your rights and the rights of your child after a C-section error results in injury. Our firm offers award-winning legal services to residents of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to help them obtain the financial support they need to heal and move on. Our Pittsburgh C-section injury attorneys understand the heartbreaking nature of birth-related injuries and, therefore, provide compassionate legal counsel to our clients at every step of the way.
Schedule a free consultation with a Pittsburgh lawyer to discuss your claim concerning C-section errors & malpractice. Call (844) 383-0565 today.
Filing a Claim Involving C-Section Errors & Malpractice
Important Legal Deadlines in Pittsburgh
Injury claims concerning C-sections must be filed within a certain period of time, just as any other legal claim. For typical medical malpractice claims, the Pennsylvania statute of limitations allots injured individuals two years from the date the negligent medical care was delivered to bring forth a claim. There is an exception that allows claimants injured by C-sections to file a claim up until the child’s 20th birthday, but this extension should only be used if needed — the longer you wait, the harder it will be to obtain all the medical records and information needed to thoroughly investigate the incident.
Why Are C-Sections Performed?
Some expecting parents opt to have a C-section as a preference, but as mentioned, they are often performed as an emergency operation in response to several birthing issues, such as stalled labor, fetal distress, or umbilical cord prolapse or when a fibroid or the placenta obstructs the birth canal. If the baby is in an abnormal position, especially when multiple babies are being delivered at once, a C-section may be required to ensure the safety of each one.
Please note: You have the right to refuse an emergency C-section, even if it puts the child at risk. Your spouse cannot grant consent on your behalf unless you have given them power of attorney.
Common C-Section Injuries
There are many different inaccuracies that can be committed by a medical professional while performing a C-section that could injure the baby, the parent, or both; frankly, even a well-performed procedure could have complications if carried out too early or too late. No matter its root cause, a C-section error may lead to long-term injuries that may affect the rest of your child’s life, as well as your own.
A child may sustain the following injuries due to a botched C-section:
- Birth asphyxia
- Brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Respiratory issues (transient tachypnea)
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
Due to the nature of C-sections, the mother may also experience severe complications, such as:
- Blood clots
- Bladder/bowel injury
- Infection at the site of incision
- Inflammation of the uterus (endometritis)
- Excessive bleeding (postpartum hemorrhage)
- Increased risk of future childbirth complications
When C-Sections Turn Fatal
Tragically, in the worst-case scenarios, the mother and/or the child may be at risk of death. If your C-section malpractice case involves an untimely preventable death, it is recommended that you reach out to an attorney without delay.
While taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind as you grieve, our caring legal professionals will ensure that the other party at least answers for what occurred. To help you find the closure you deserve regarding the matter, we strive to make the legal process as easy for you as possible, handling all the legal red tape and bureaucracy so you don’t have to.
Identifying Medical Errors
Our lawyers at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help identify any errors that were committed during a C-section by investigating the details, such as contraction patterns, birthweight, the length of labor, the amount of anesthetic drugs administered, and more. We will work with medical experts to ensure that all leads are looked into and no stone is left unturned.
Take Legal Action with Award-Winning Help
Whether your case involves a serious injury or a fatal one, our C-section injury lawyers are prepared to assist you in investigating the incident and preparing your claim. We know how devastating C-section injuries can be, which is why we will fight tirelessly to obtain you the justice to which you and your child are entitled. Our track record of success has won us national acclaim from the American Association for Justice, Super Lawyers®, and the National Trial Lawyers, among others.
Work with a firm that truly cares. Contact our Pittsburgh C-section injury attorneys online today.