Every year, thousands of women undergo a cesarean section (C-section) in New Mexico. While this surgery can protect the mother and child in certain situations, it also comes with its own set of risks. If the mother or baby experiences injuries as a result of the C-section, the mother might be able to file a lawsuit.
Are C-sections more dangerous than traditional births?
In some cases, a C-section might be the only way to safely deliver the baby without harming the mother. While many C-sections go off without a hitch, a C-section is still more likely to result in birth injuries than a traditional vaginal birth. Shockingly, babies delivered by C-section are four times as likely to die than babies delivered through vaginal birth.
Babies delivered by a C-section are also more likely to have breathing problems. In fact, up to 20% of C-section babies develop asthma later in life. Babies delivered by C-section are also more likely to suffer from surgical injuries, which can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. C-section babies are also much more likely to have trouble breastfeeding.
The mother is also at risk during a C-section. Like the baby, she could suffer from surgical errors that cause lasting damage to her internal organs. Women who have C-sections also typically experience more pain and a longer recovery time. Additionally, women who undergo a C-section are three times more likely to die than women who undergo vaginal delivery.
What can you do if you’re a victim of medical malpractice?
A single injury can have lasting, catastrophic effects for both the mother and child. While a cash settlement won’t make up for the emotional damages, it can help you pay your medical bills and get the best possible care for you and your child. An attorney could assist you with a malpractice lawsuit.