Was your baby cut by a doctor or surgeon during a c-section delivery? It’s more common than you might think.
Fetal lacerations are unintentional cuts or tears to an infant and can occur as the result of a botched caesarean section (c-section) delivery. During a c-section, the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In certain circumstances, the surgeon may cause injury to the infant by negligently cutting through the infant’s skin.
How Common Are Fetal Lacerations?
Unfortunately, fetal lacerations have been estimated by the National Institutes of Health to occur in at least 3% of all pregnancies. The Patient Safety Authorty (PSA), a reporting agency, studied 900 women who gave birth via c-section. Of those women, the PSA estimated up to 1.9% of infant born via c-section suffer fetal lacerations.
Additionally, as the rate in the number of c-sections increases, so has the number of fetal lacerations. Sheer numbers alone, however, do not account for this rise. Additional risks that contribute to fetal lacerations include:
- If the mother’s membranes ruptured before the c-section was performed.
- If the mother was in active labor when the c-section was performed.
- If it was an emergency c-section.
- The doctor/surgeon used low transverse uterine incisions.
- Inexperienced or unqualified medical professional performed the c-section.
Treatment and Potential Problems with Fetal Lacerations
Initial treatment may involve sutures to repair the cut and antibiotics to help prevent infection. However, multiple conditions and complications can be caused by fetal lacerations during any birth including an assisted or otherwise difficult birth, but lacerations are more likely to occur during a C-section.
Some additional health problems that can be related to fetal lacerations include:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Facial Nerve Paralysis
- Klumpke Paralysis (may also be referred to as Klumpke’s Palsy or Dejerine-Klumpke Palsy)
- Infections and Scarring
- Paralysis if the Spinal Cord is Injured
- Cephalohematoma (272 out of 1,000 births of babies who suffered fetal laceration injuries during birth)
Did your baby suffer fetal lacerations or other birth injury as the result of a botched C-section delivery?
If you, or your baby suffered a severe injury as the result of an assisted vaginal delivery or medical neglect or malpractice you may be entitled to compensation. If you have questions about what happened and why your baby was injured, don’t trust an insurance company or doctor to provide you with all the information you need, call our lawyers today and take your first step in protecting you and your baby’s rights.
We offer a free legal consultation so you can tell us about your unique situation. We will be able to tell you if you have a case, the value of your case, and discuss your various legal options. We encourage you to at least talk to us and learn what your rights are so that you will have knowledge to help you make the best decision for your family about how to protect those rights for your child.
The Los Angeles area law firm of Donahue & Horrow, L.L.P., handles birth injury cases throughout California. The initial consultation will be at no cost. All cases are billed on a contingency fee basis — there will be no cost to you unless or until we recover compensation in the form of an insurance settlement or trial award.
Contact us today and you will have taken your first step towards ensuring your child’s future needs will be met.