Failure to Timely Perform a Cesarean Section

Our firm has extensive experience helping children and their families who have been injured as a result of a negligent or untimely cesarean section, also known as a “C-section.”

A C-section is a surgical procedure performed to deliver a baby via incisions made in the mother’s uterus and abdomen. C-sections may be performed for a variety of reasons, including when urgent complications arise during a delivery. Obstetrical emergencies demand that physicians perform C-sections as quickly as possible to best protect the safety and well-being of both mother and baby. For example, when a delivery is complicated by advanced preeclampsia or when there are significant changes in the baby’s heart rate, as measured by an electronic fetal monitoring device, the baby may have to be delivered promptly by C-section, instead of waiting for a vaginal delivery to occur.


Hospitals and healthcare providers must follow strict timelines in recognizing and responding to signs of danger to mothers or their unborn babies. Once the signs are present that a C-section should be performed emergently, undue delay in performing a C-section could cause serious harm to the mother and baby. Health care providers and hospitals must be prepared to conduct a C-section upon short notice. Physicians that fail to act in a timely manner may cause the child to suffer from devastating, life-long injuries such as brain damage, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

One of the most alarming problems for obstetric doctors and nurses to avoid is a sustained disruption of blood and oxygen flow to a baby’s brain. A baby depends on his or her mother to provide blood and oxygen through the umbilical cord. When the flow of blood and oxygen is disrupted, the baby cannot “breathe,” which can cause brain damage, or hypoxic-ischemic injury (HIE). If a condition threatens the flow of blood and oxygen to a baby’s brain, an emergency C-section may be warranted. Lack of oxygen through the placenta to the baby may also cause injury to the baby’s other vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.


If you believe that you or a loved one have been injured because of a failure to timely perform a C-section, or a failure to deliver by C-section when you think one should have been performed, call our firm and speak to our attorneys who are highly experienced in advising patients on C-section matters. There is no cost to call and have your case evaluated by our specialized team of legal and medical professionals.

Please note that this page is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you have are experiencing a medical emergency, please call a doctor or 911 immediately.





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