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New York Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

There are two ways to deliver a baby: vaginal or cesarean section. The preferred method is vaginally. While there are some risks associated with vaginal delivery and there are times when a vaginal delivery is contraindicated, a vaginal delivery is generally considered the safer method of the two. The other method is cesarean section, also referred to as c-section. A c-section is the surgical method of delivering a baby. During a c-section an incision is made in the uterus. Because of the uterine scar left after a c-section, there are risks associated with having a vaginal delivery after cesarean section. If a doctor fails to properly assess the risks of a vaginal birth after cesarean section and as a result the mother or baby suffers a serious injury such as brain damage and damage to other vital organs, then the doctor may have committed medical malpractice. If you or your baby suffered a serious birth injury from related to a vaginal birth after cesarean section, it is important that you contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer who has the resources to review your medical records to determine if negligence contributed to the injuries.

Risks associated with vaginal birth after cesarean section

The most significant risk associated with a vaginal birth after a cesarean delivery is that uterine rupture, also known as uterine dehiscence. Because a c-section involves an incision in the uterus, the mother will have a scar. There is a risk that the scar will break during a future pregnancy due to the stress of contractions. The risk significantly increases during a vaginal delivery.

A uterine rupture is extremely dangerous for the baby, as the blood flood to the baby may be disrupted. When this happens, the amount of oxygen reaching the baby’s brain many be disrupted, resulting in damaged brain cells. This leads to brain damage as well damage to other organs. It can also result in stillbirth. In addition, a uterine rupture can cause the mother to go into shock and can also mean that the mother must have a hysterectomy

Patients trust that medical professionals charged with their care have the training and skill to understand dangers that a vaginal birth after cesarean section delivery poses mothers and babies. If a uterine rupture occurs, the doctor should immediately deliver the baby via c-section. Should the doctor fail to follow accepted reasonable medical standards related to a VBAC and a serious injury follows, then you should contact a New York injury attorney to review your case.

Pursuing damages

It is up to a doctor to understand the risks associated with VBAC. Should a complication such as a uterine rupture occur, the doctor must act quickly to prevent the baby and mother from suffering a serious injury.

If you child is suffering from the challenges of be cerebral palsy, development delays, intellectual disabilities, and other lifelong problems caused by uterine rupture or any other complication associated with a VBAC, contact a skilled birth injury attorney who serves clients in New York . With the help of an attorney you can demand compensation form the negligent doctor that would cover the substantial expenses associated with caring for a child with severe birth injuries.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or your baby was seriously injured due complications associated with a vaginal birth after cesarean section, and you believe your doctor was at fault, it is important that you are represented by a New York attorney who has the legal knowledge and resources to ensure that your legal rights are protected. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has can help. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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