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Cesareans are More Frequent Due to Increased Liability

The number of Cesarean sections performed to deliver babies is at an all-time high. This is due, in part, to the increase in medical malpractice claims alleging a failure to perform Cesarean sections in time.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2011, 32.8 percent of babies were delivered via Cesarean, compared to 22.8 percent in 1989.

The increase in the number of Cesareans has been attributed to several factors, including an increase in multiple births as well as the fact that more women are having babies over the age 35. Women who give birth after 35 have an increased risk of complications, so more doctors schedule Cesareans to avoid problems during delivery.

Another contributing factor is the fact that more and more people are filing medical malpractice lawsuits, blaming doctors for birth injuries such as brain damage. When doctors fail to recognize fetal distress or fail to perform a Cesarean section in time, it can result in oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain. This can lead to brain damage and birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

When these types of mistakes are made, doctors can be held liable. The increase in liability has led many doctors to take extra precautions, including scheduling more C-sections.

According to documents, Connecticut is one of the states where Cesareans are performed more frequently. In 2011, 35.8 percent of babies were born via Cesarean.

Even when Cesareans are performed, mistakes can be made that can result in injury. If your baby is born with a birth injury such as brain damage, you should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer to find out if you have a claim. Lawsuits seek to hold doctors accountable for their mistakes and help affected families get the compensation they need to help their babies get the best medical care and achieve the highest quality of life.

For more information, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today. Our lawyers have vast experience handling birth injury claims in the state of Connecticut.