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Birth Injuries: Negligence versus normal changes in the body

There are a few things you need to know about Caesarean-sections. Some of these facts refer to things that are likely or unlikely to happen during your C-section in New Jersey, so you have an idea if it's normal or negligence that has led you to suffer from pain or other difficulties.

First of all, a C-section is a surgery, which means surgical errors are a possibility. Errors themselves are malpractice. For instance, if the surgeon punctures your bladder, which is a possibility with this surgery, this could be the basis for a malpractice claim if he does not take precautions against it or does not make sure to repair the issue. Only a small number of women have been said to have suffered from bowel injuries or injury to the ureter, so it's unlikely to happen. In some cases, this could be normal, but again, if surgical errors led to the injury, then that could be the basis for malpractice.

Something that is difficult to prevent would be Cesarean scar endometriosis. This scarring has to do with how your own body heals, which is hard for a surgeon or medical team to predict. Pain at the surgical site is also common and may be ongoing for six to 10 months or longer. A C-section has been suggested as a way to reduce the number of babies suffering from brachial plexus injury, but it's hard to prove either way, especially if the C-section was a precaution used after a failed vaginal delivery.

If you've struggled with giving birth and the aftermath of a C-section, you don't have to go through this alone. Whether you've been left with an infection or had surgical errors that left you bed ridden, it's important to speak up to get the compensation you need.

Source: Childbirth Connection, "Cesarean Section" accessed Jan. 20, 2015

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