Common C-Section Birth Injuries

Nearly every one in three infants in the United States delivered by cesarean section, or C-section. This rate varies by state, and New Mexico has one of the lower C-section rates in the country at 24.3% (as of 2015 statistics presented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

There is no question that a C-section may be necessary when certain complications arise during labor or delivery, potentially saving both mother and baby, but there are situations when malpractice in performing a C-section can lead to serious birth injuries.

The following are potential injuries and complications that may arise during or after a C-section:

  • An infant may suffer from lacerations and similar injuries if a C-section is improperly performed. Depending on the severity and location of the laceration, an infant may suffer from Erb’s palsy, fractures, cervical cord injuries, or Klumpke’s palsy.
  • Infants born by C-section may be more likely to experience breathing problems and must therefore be closely monitored to avoid serious complications.
  • Anesthesia injuries may occur if anesthesia is administered improperly. An injection in the wrong location or poor monitoring of mother and baby during a C-section may lead to serious problems.
  • In some cases, an allergic reaction to anesthesia may occur.
  • Blood clots may occur after a C-section, if a mother is not properly monitored and allowed to walk within 24 hours of the procedure.
  • Maternal infections may occur if pre- and post-surgery treatment is improperly administered.

When a doctor delays in performing a C-section or improperly performs this procedure, we at National Birth Injury Advocates are there to seek justice for the injured. To find out more about our team and how we can help you, please give us a call at (505) 448-0284. Your consultation is free and confidential, and we will be happy to address your concerns with honest, kind insight.