Caesarean – C section claims

If you or your baby have been injured during a caesarean section, a specialist medical negligence solicitor can assist you in making a C section claim for the injuries sustained.surgical

If you or your baby have been injured during a caesarean section, a specialist medical negligence solicitor can assist you in making a C section claim.

Make a C Section Claim

Medical negligence can occur in a variety of ways when staff overseeing a C section delivery fail to meet their duty of care to mother and baby. In some instances the effects of malpractice will be immediately visible, whilst in other instances failures can come to light retrospectively, common situations where a C section compensation claim might be made include:

  • Where doctors do not correctly observe the size of the baby during pregnancy and subsequently fail to make adequate care provisions prior to the birth.
  • Where doctors delay the decision to perform a C section or fail to take this action entirely, resulting in injury to the baby or mother.
  • When mother or baby contract an infection post-surgery which medical staff fail to treat promptly or adequately.
  • Scarring or infection in the mother following insufficient or ineffective stitching post-C section.
  • When during the course of C section surgery, critical surgical errors are made resulting in injury to baby or mother.

These failures do not represent a comprehensive list of all situations where it may be appropriate to make a C section compensation claim. If you or your child has suffered harm as a result of the actions of a medical professional during the course of a C section, you should seek expert legal advice from Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors to determine if you could be entitled to compensation.

Specialist caesarean section claim solicitors

Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors are recognised as one of the South East’s leading teams of lawyers in this field. This recognition comes from the Legal 500, an independent directory of the best law firms in the country.

Blackwater Law is recognised as having a leading team of specialist medical negligence claim experts

Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors are therefore well placed to give you expert advice and to help you decide what your next step should be following a C section injury or affliction to you or your child. Call today and speak to an expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. You will speak directly to a specialist C section claim solicitor who will give you free initial advice and answer any questions you may have.

 

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  • No win, no fee claims
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Call and get expert advice from Dominic Graham, specialist medical negligence solicitor. Find out if you can claim compensation.

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No Win, No Fee Claims for C Section Injuries

At Blackwater Law we understand that the stresses and shock of complications following a C section can take their toll on the family and also impact your finances. That’s why we undertake all medical negligence cases – including those for C section compensation claims – on a no win, no fee basis.

Blackwater Law operates all medical negligence cases on a no win, no fee basis, providing you with risk-free peace of mind.

What Happens During a C Section Delivery?

The procedure begins with you lying down on the operating table, which may be angled slightly, with a screen placed over the stomach to obscure your view of the operation.

A 10-20cm incision will then be made into your belly, traditionally in a horizontal fashion below the bikini line, although it may also be made vertically from the belly button downwards. The baby is then delivered through this gap, a process which normally takes about 5-10 minutes and during which it is normal for the mother to feel some tugging.

The baby should then be lifted up and brought closer to you immediately afterwards so you can meet each other. At this point you should also be injected with a hormone known as oxytocin, which encourages the womb to contract and acts to reduce the amount of blood you are likely to lose.

Your womb should then be closed using only dissolvable stitches, whilst your belly may be closed using either dissolvable stitches or medical staples – which must be removed a few days thereafter.

Generally speaking the procedure may last around 40-50 minutes, with you being moved to the recovery room straight after.

Immediate Aftercare

In the immediate aftermath of a C section delivery you should be allowed to recover from the anaesthetic before being offered painkillers to address the discomfort you may be feeling.

You may also be offered special means to reduce the risks of blood clots, including the likes of compression stockings as well as blood-thinning medication. You should be provided with food and / or water as soon as you feel hungry.

You should also be offered help with breastfeeding, and as long as you are able to walk the catheter should be removed from your bladder 12-18 hours post-procedure.

Correct Preparatory Procedure

Prior to any planned C section procedure you should be offered a preoperative appointment at hospital around a week before your due date. This appointment is where you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, as well as having a blood test to ensure you are not suffering from a low red blood count, known as anaemia.

You should be offered a variety of medication including the likes of antibiotics, anti-sickness medication (anti-emetics) as well as drugs which act to reduce the acidity in your stomach. You should also be asked to sign a consent form ahead of the procedure.

You should stop eating and drinking a few hours prior to your procedure, with a GP or doctor providing advice on when exactly this is appropriate.

Recovering From Your C Section

Normally you should spend 3-4 days in hospital recovering after your C section procedure, although you may find yourself able to go home earlier if you and your child are healthy.

During your hospital stay your recovery should be supplemented with painkillers and plenty of contact with your new baby, as well as support with breastfeeding should you require it. As you regain your strength you should be provided with plenty of food and water, and encouraged to regain your mobility by getting up and walking again. Your wound should remain covered for at least 24 hours.

You should not attempt to drive home, and before you leave the hospital a midwife should provide you with detailed advice on how to care for your wound to prevent infection and unnecessary discomfort. This will include regular washing, wearing loose-fitting clothes and underwear, advice on taking your painkillers and remaining vigilant against the signs of infection.

Non-dissolvable stitches should normally be removed by your midwife after 5-7 days, and you should be encouraged to gradually return to your normal daily schedule, never placing too much physical strain on your body or doing anything that makes you uncomfortable.

Immediate medical attention should be sought and provided if you experience a sudden deterioration in your condition, or in any of the following circumstances:

  • Where you begin to experience severe pain.
  • Where your bladder begins to leak urine, or where you experience bleeding or pain when urinating.
  • If you experience severe vaginal bleeding.
  • If your wound changes colour or shape, becoming increasingly red or swollen, or begins to produce pus or discharges with a potent smell.
  • Where you contract a persistent cough or experience prolonged shortness of breath.
  • If you experience swelling and / or pain in your lower leg.

Impacts of C Section errors on Mothers

Improper care during or immediately-post C section can have a number of negative impacts on a mother’s health, the effects of which you may be entitled to make a C section compensation claim for. These circumstances include:

  • Where an infection develops post-surgery, the negative effects of which are known to include swelling, pain, discharges and unsightly appearance.
  • Some mothers can suffer infection of the womb lining itself; this can induce fever, stomach pains and abnormal discharges from the vagina which may be accompanied by excessive, heavy bleeding.
  • Excessive bleeding can occur by itself for a number of reasons, and may introduce the need for a blood transfusion or additional corrective surgery.
  • Issues relating to blood clotting are also a significant risk, including the likes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and painful blood clots in the legs which can travel through the body and reach the lungs; causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism; a blockage of blood from the heart to the lungs.
  • Damage due to surgical error during the caesarean section can also occur to the bladder or to the tubes connecting it to your kidneys – this will often require corrective surgery.

These risks sit alongside other potential hazards relating to birth injuries to mothers resulting from poor care in the build-up to, during or immediately post-birth, which you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

If you are unsure if the injuries to you or your baby entitle you to make a compensation claim, call Blackwater Law to find out.

Impacts of C Section Failures on Babies

Similarly, failures on the part of medical staff responsible for undertaking your C section can exacerbate the risks relating to birth injuries to babies, known to include:

  • Cuts to the baby’s skin as the womb is opened, with the potential for serious harm and / or substantial bleeding.
  • Difficulties experienced by your baby in breathing; this is particularly relevant in cases where the baby is delivered prior to 39 weeks.

Again, these risks are largely specific to situations relating to C section delivery and more general hazards relating to birth injuries to babies  as a whole must also be taken into consideration.

Impacts of C Section Failures on Future Pregnancies

Normally C section delivery does not present problems for future vaginal deliveries, known as VBAC deliveries, but where negligence occurs on the part of medical staff this can change:

  • Improper stitching of your scar following a c section can elevate the risks of it opening up again during the course of any future pregnancy.
  • Complications can occur leading to the placenta becoming attached to the womb’s interior wall, making it difficult to subsequently deliver the organ.
  • In some circumstances the aftereffects of a C section procedure can elevate the risks of future babies being stillborn.

Where you are unsure as to whether you are eligible to make a claim for a C section injuries to mother or baby, it is important to speak to a legal expert as soon as possible.

Get expert legal advice

Call and get expert legal advice from Dominic Graham, specialist medical negligence solicitor. Find out if you can claim compensation.

CALL 0800 083 5500

Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke causing life-limiting disability.


 

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