Can a delayed C-section cause cerebral palsy?

Yes. If the delay results in decreased oxygen to a baby’s brain, brain damage and cerebral palsy can result. When an emergency C-section is required during labor and delivery due to problems with the baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels, it must be performed within 30 minutes or, in some cases, more quickly. When medical staff fails to perform a timely C-section, it may result in lifelong disabilities for the child.

Delayed C-Section Can Cause Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy

Can a delayed C-section cause HIE and cerebral palsy? During labor and delivery, the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels should be carefully monitored by doctors and nurses. If the baby shows signs of distress, it could mean that he or she is not getting adequate oxygen. If this goes on too long, the baby can suffer hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or birth asphyxia and permanent brain damage, resulting in cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, seizures and other birth injuries.

Attempts are usually made to resolve the oxygenation problem through interventions such as turning the mother on her side, administering oxygen to the mother in order to help oxygenate the baby, and providing fluids. If these measures don’t work and the baby’s condition doesn’t improve or it worsens, an emergency C-section is required within 30 minutes or less.

Award-Winning Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

When a doctor fails to monitor a baby’s heart rate, fails to order an emergency C-section, or fails to quickly perform a necessary C-section, this constitutes negligence. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy and other disabilities can arise as a result. Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers is a national birth injury law firm that has been helping children with birth injuries related to delayed emergency C-sections since the firm’s creation in 1997. Attorney Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases since 1987, and most of his cases involve hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy.  Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as one of the best law firms in the country.

If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, the award-winning birth injury attorneys at ABC Law Centers can help.  We have helped children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment and therapy. We give personal attention to each child and family we represent. Contact Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers in any of the following ways for a free case evaluation:

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