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Caesarean Section Compensation Claims
Caesarean sections, also known as a C-section, are common procedures for helping with the delivery of a baby, and are generally very safe for the mother and child. However, mistakes can happen, which can have devastating consequences.
If the medical professional responsible for carrying out a caesarean behaves negligently, resulting in an injury to the mother or her child, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.
The medical negligence team at JMW has helped many mothers and children who have suffered unnecessarily during a C-section. Most of the injuries we have handled cases on are due to delays in caesareans being carried out, harming either the child or mother, or both.
To speak to the expert solicitors at JMW about a caesarean section compensation claim, call us on 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online enquiry form and we will contact you. We are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis.
How JMW Can Help
Our solicitors are experts at dealing with caesarean section claims and have an excellent success rate when it comes to delivering compensation for clients who have been affected by clinical negligence. The team is viewed as one of the finest in this specialist area and has been able to secure large compensation settlements for many parents across the UK.
Members of our clinical negligence team are on the Action against Medical accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel, as well as the Law Society’s specialist panel of medical negligence solicitors.
Reasons for Making a Caesarean Section Claim
There are a number of ways that medical staff overseeing a C-section can fail in their duty to keep the mother and baby from harm. Common causes of injury to both the mother and child include:
- A delayed decision to perform a caesarean or failure to take action at all, resulting in an injury to the mother or child
- A post-surgery infection contracted by the mother or child, which medical staff fail to diagnose and treat appropriately
- Surgical errors during the procedure that injures the mother or baby
C-Section Errors Resulting in Injury to the Mother
Mothers may develop external infections following a C-section. Although it is normal for the scar to feel itchy as nerve endings heal, this may also be a sign of the beginnings of an infection. If the scar feels raw and tender, is expelling pus or has become red, swollen and painful, the medical professionals responsible for your care should administer antibiotics to counteract the illness.
Generally, once the mother has been given medication for the infection, it should clear up without any further problems.
While external infections are relatively easy to cure and do not usually put a new mother’s life in danger, internal infections pose much more of a health risk. If the wound has started to smell bad, has become progressively more swollen, red and painful to touch, or the abdomen feels harder than usual, this is a sign of an internal infection.
Other common causes of injury to the mother during a C-section include:
- Insufficient stitching that results in scarring or an infection
- Excessive bleeding due to an error during surgery
- Blood clotting causing a blockage of blood from the heart to the lungs
- Damage to the bladder or the kidneys that will require corrective surgery
Regardless of how you have been injured during a C-section, if the incident was caused by the negligence of a medical professional responsible for the birth of your baby, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
C-Section Errors Resulting in Injury to the Baby
Your child may experience the following if the medical staff responsible for performing the caesarean are negligent:
- Cuts to the baby’s skin when the womb is opened that could cause harm or bleeding
- Breathing difficulties, particularly with babies delivered before 39 weeks
What happens during a caesarean?
The surgery involves making an incision either across or down the stomach, below the bikini line, to provide a gap for the baby to be delivered. Once the baby is delivered, you should receive an injection of the hormone oxytocin, which encourages the womb to contract, reducing the amount of blood you may lose.
The womb and stomach should be closed using dissolvable stitches. Medical staples can also be used but must be removed after a few days.