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Fort Lauderdale Delayed C-Section Lawyers

Seasoned South Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocate Persistently to Obtain Results for Clients Harmed by Delayed C-Sections

Cesarean sections, known as “C-sections”, are incredibly common and effective medical practice designed to protect the health of the mother and infant child in cases where a natural delivery is likely to produce a bad outcome.  C-sections may be planned or unplanned, or may even be undertaken in emergency situations where the infant becomes endangered during the labor process. Regardless of why the C-section becomes appropriate, delayed C-sections can cause extreme harm to both the mother and child.  In cases where the delay resulted from medical negligence, you may have the right to fair compensation for the harm caused by the delay.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., our veteran medical malpractice lawyers have a combined 55-plus years’ experience protecting the rights of clients injured because of delayed C-sections in South Florida.  We understand that it’s about much more than just financial compensation when you or your newborn child have sustained injuries because of a physician’s negligent failure to perform a C-section when called for—these difficult cases are also about holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. When you choose Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C. to protect your rights following a delayed C-section, you can rest assured that we will fight relentlessly to hold all negligent parties financially and professionally accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

Why do C-Sections Become Necessary?

Usually, an unplanned C-section becomes medically necessary when the mother or infant is in some sort of distress during the labor process.  This may occur because:

  • The labor fails to progress
  • Fetal heart rate drops significantly
  • Placental abruption, which is where the placenta detaches from the uterus at some point prior to labor
  • Placenta previa, which is where the placenta covers the cervix
  • Lack of oxygen to the fetus
  • Problems with the umbilical cord, such as when the cord is compressed or wraps around the infant’s neck

What Might Cause a C-Section to be Delayed?

Although it is possible that the treating physician could choose to delay performing a C-section for any number of reasons, medically sound reasons, the unfortunate reality is that many C-sections are delayed because of behavior that rises to the level of medical negligence.  Those medically negligent delays often put both the mother and infant at risk, whether the delay is because of:

  • Failure to properly monitor the fetus or mother,
  • Understaffing,
  • An improper medical history, which can cause the doctor to overlook significant risk factors,
  • Failure to appropriately monitor the labor’s progress or recognize fetal distress,
  • Inconvenience or overcrowding,
  • Concerns about the mother’s insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, delayed C-sections frequently cause irreparable damage to the mother, newborn child or both.  Delayed C-sections can result in serious complications, including:

  • Cerebral palsy,
  • Oxygen deprivation, which can result in hypoxia,
  • Erb’s palsy,
  • Shoulder dystocia,
  • Death of the mother, child or both.

Lawlor, White & Murphey Provide Compassionate Representation to Clients Suffering Harm Following Delayed C-Sections in Fort Lauderdale, FL

A delayed C-section is only actionable via a medical malpractice lawsuit or settlement for compensatory damages when the delay is so unreasonable that a medically competent physician would not have delayed the C-Section.  Our experienced malpractice lawyers understand what it takes to establish your right to compensation after a delayed C-section has caused you harm, and we can help you take legal action to recover compensation for:

  • All medical expenses of the mother and child
  • Future medical care, including the cost of rehabilitation and lifelong treatment in cases involving severe birth injuries caused by delayed C-section
  • Lost earning capacity, both with respect to the mother and child
  • Pain and suffering

We understand that complications arising after a delayed C-section can be devastating at the exact time when you anticipated the joy of a new child, which is why we are committed to exploring every potential avenue for recovering the compensation you deserve to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm you have suffered.

Call Today to Set Up a Free Initial Consultation

Our delayed C-section lawyers understand how important it is to get some form of justice after you or your child have suffered harm because of a negligent medical professional’s failure to act appropriately—even if it is impossible to reverse the physical harm.  We provide dedicated and open support to our clients throughout the entire legal process, both by making ourselves available to discuss your case and through offering regular updates as to your case progress and options.

If you, a child or a loved one have suffered harm because of a delayed C-section in Fort Lauderdale or in South Florida, call or contact our offices today to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case with a skilled delayed C-section lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Delayed C-Section Lawsuits in Florida

FAQ: I believe that my child was harmed because of an unreasonable delay in obtaining a C-section, but I don’t think that my doctor is a bad doctor.  Will the doctor lose his medical license if I pursue a claim for compensation?

If it is found that your physician committed medical malpractice in delaying to perform your C-section, the result will be reflected in the doctor’s patient care record.  However, unless your doctor has committed malpractice in the past or committed some type of egregious act in failing to perform your C-section, it is very unlikely that he or she will lose a medical license as a result of your claim for compensation.  In fact, pursuing your claim for compensation might provide a wakeup call to the doctor and actually motivate more competent and careful future care.

FAQ: What are some reasons why a C-section may be planned in advance?

C-sections are often planned in advance when risk factors are identified through competent prenatal care.  Risk factors can include the mother’s age, health status or the fact that she is carrying multiple babies. The baby’s status can also indicate the necessity of a C-section in advance—including situations where the baby is in a breech position that would make natural delivery difficult, or when the baby has some type of health issue that was diagnosed prior to delivery.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


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