A recent study revealed that the most common surgery performed in the United
States is a cesarean section (C-Section). In many cases, a c-section may
be necessary. For example, in high risk pregnancies, or where the mother
or child’s life is in danger. In these situations, if the doctor,
nurse or other medical staff fails to act swiftly enough to perform a
c-section, and a birth injury occurs, they may be held responsible in
a medical malpractice action.
On the other hand for low-risk pregnancies, c-sections are often unnecessary
and may pose potential complications for both mother and child. These
risks may include maternal hemorrhaging and infection, breast feeding
difficulties for the baby and an increased likelihood of breathing problems.
Whether a mother has a c-section is often dependent primarily on the hospital
she goes to to deliver, rather than the need. Statistics show that certain
hospitals have a much higher rate of c-sections than others, despite serving
similar demographics. In some situations, mothers can reduce their risk
of having an unnecessary c-section by selecting a hospital with a lower
If you or your child were injured as a result of negligence during a c-section,
this may constitute medical malpractice. For more information, please
contact our experienced
San Francisco medical negligence lawyers at Bostwick Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.