Giving birth can often be a stressful ordeal and while a lot of this stress is placed on the mother during labour, it’s up to the medical team to minimise all risk and allow the mother to give birth in as calm a manner as possible. While child labour is very rarely a calm process, it should be, given the training and the knowledge of the doctors and nurses, as risk-free as possible.
That being said, there will always be occasions when things go wrong and the doctors need to intervene to ensure that both the mother and the baby come out of child labour as healthily as they can in the circumstances. If doctors fail to do this and don’t perform emergency Caesarean sections in time, they can be considered as being negligent and you can claim compensation.
What happens if the doctor delays performing emergency Caesarean sections?
In particular circumstances, delivery needs to be done immediately because of the presence of harmful matter. There are standards that doctors need to follow when this happens and they typically have 5-30 minutes to perform an emergency C-section. If delivery is delayed for any reason, the baby’s health is compromised and the doctor risks being sued for negligence.
Not delivering the baby in 5-30 minutes runs the risk of depriving the baby of oxygen and the baby could then be born with brain damage, epilepsy or cerebral palsy. That would mean the baby would likely need long lasting care and could find it difficult to live independently.
In some instances, surgeons can be considered negligent during a C-section and this is also a way in which mothers can be compensated. Giving birth is hard enough and doesn’t need to be made worse by surgeons doing a bad job when they should in fact be looking after their patients.
Claim for delays performing emergency Caesarean sections
If your doctor delays performing emergency Caesarean sections, risking your child, you are more than likely eligible for compensation. We at Accident Advice Helpline have over 16 years of experience in personal injury claims and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, allowing you to rest assured that we won’t charge you any solicitors’ fees if you don’t win your case. Call our helpline 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test online to see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice