Are Births By C-Section Too Common?

Are Births By C-Section Too Common?

If a mother giving birth is at low-risk for any complications should she still receive a c-section?
The obvious answer would seem to be no, but according to some hospitals, the answer is a perplexing yes. In California low-risk c-sections occur 11.5% to 68.8% of the time.
Some of the varying details that contribute to the final decision are:
1. The size of the baby
2. The pattern on the fetal heart rate monitor
3. Labor progress
4. The hospital
5. Personal preferences
Consumer reports indicate that the odds for an expectant mother to have a c-section are over 9 times higher if you choose the wrong hospital. This is an issue for many mothers because c-sections do have some risks to babies, and can create some complications to the mother.
Some of the risks associated with C-sections include:
1. Hemorrhage
2. Infection
3. Post-partum depression
Also, keep in mind that first-time mothers are at a greater risk for needing a c-section if their first birth results in a  c-section.
In hospitals that have a low rate of c-section, it's important to note that they also tend to have doctors who work shifts and earn a salary. The doctors in this situation are at the hospital no matter what and tend to be more patient with women in labor. The large difference in percentage is in direct correlation to the higher cost of c-section as opposed to a natural delivery. Doctors and hospitals simply earn more income when they recommend patients to surgery for their birth process.
We know the frustration this can cause families who are most likely too distracted and excited to think of these issues in the heat of the moment. Giving birth to your child is a big deal and it's important for each of us to spread the word about these issues to everyone in our community.
If you or someone you know has suffered from an unnecessary c-section please don't hesitate to call our office today for a free consultation. We will work with you to make sure you get the help you need for yourself and your new little family member. (903) 526-1600


The Top 6 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

The Top 6 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

It's widely known that serious errors can be made due to negligence under the care of a health care practitioner.
Are you aware of how those errors occur?
This is so important because so many victims do not even know they are victims even after suffering from life-changing injuries or outcomes. Different states have different statute of limitations laws that restrict the amount of time is available to seek justice after the case has occurred. Because of this, we feel the need to provide to you 6 of the most common types of medical malpractice errors to help you stay informed.
✔️Misdiagnosis
If a doctor examines you or a loved one and fails to diagnose the correct illness. This is considered malpractice because it prevents the patient from getting the treatment they need. Malpractice only occurs if the doctor failed to do what any other doctor would have done and this caused harm to the patient.
✔️Delayed Diagnosis
The doctor made an incorrect diagnosis but the patient eventually receives the correct diagnosis. The condition becomes worse because the patient didn't receive the necessary treatment in time.
✔️Failure to Treat
The doctor may diagnose the correct illness but they may fail to recommend the proper treatment.
✔️Surgical Errors
A doctor may perform the wrong procedure, damage organs, nerves or tissue, use non-sterile surgical instruments, or even provide inadequate care after the surgery.
✔️Birth Injury
Birth injuries can possibly result in the death of your child if the child's prenatal care was inadequate or if the child or mother suffers injuries during the birth process.
✔️Medical Product Liability
If a patient suffers needlessly after a poorly designed medical device was used on them for their illness.

Conclusion

This list is not comprehensive however it does a great job of highlighting the most common types of medical malpractice that you need to keep in mind. We also want you to know that not all medical malpractice cases are this black and white and you should always reach out to professionals like us at Martin Walker Law who specializes in Medical Malpractice and all that goes along with it. (903) 526-1600


Birth Defects & Prevention

Birth Defects & Prevention

A birth defect is a serious health condition that can be present at the time of birth. Your babies health can be severely compromised and it can lead to long-term health issues throughout their life. If you didn't already know, January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and we want all East Texans to be made fully aware of this issue. There are some common things expectant mothers can do to prevent this that most people are aware of such as avoiding alcohol and eating too much fish. However, there are also some issues related to medical negligence from inadequate or improper care during the course of a mothers pregnancy.
Well Known Causes of Birth Defects

  • Smoking, drinking alcohol or taking any illegal substance
  • Medical conditions such as obesity, or diabetes that have been left untreated
  • Taking certain medications
  • Illness or infection during pregnancy

Ways You Can Prevent Birth Defects 

  • Take Folic Acid daily
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or any illegal drugs
  • Ask your doctor about your current medications or prescriptions
  • Avoid sick or contagious people
  • Wash your hands often to avoid getting sick
  • Continue treatment of any pre-existing medical conditions you have
  • Attend your regular prenatal care appointments

Medical Malpractice Causes of Birth Defects

  • Prolonged labor - If the doctor notices that the mother will be unable to deliver naturally after a long period of time; other options need to be considered
  • Instrument injuries created by the health care provider
  • Babies born breech or in nontraditional delivery positions

The good news is that most birth defects are fully preventable if the health care provider is paying attention and doing a good job of taking care of you and the health of your baby. Keep in mind that if your baby has suffered a birth defect because of the negligence of a health care provider, you can be compensated. At Martin Walker Law, we are fully capable of handling situations like this for you. If you would like to consult with us for free do not hesitate to call our office today. (903) 526-1600.


Birth Injuries And What To Keep In Mind

Birth Injuries And What To Keep In Mind

It's supposed to be one of the most amazing days of your life, the day you welcome your baby into the world. The labor process is very natural and has been happening since the beginning of man. That being said, not all labor goes as planned and sometimes it is necessary to have extra help from medical care. When a baby is born in a hospital it's not uncommon for a baby to suffer from an injury during the birthing process. The causes can be the result of the babies size or the position they are in, prematurity, cephalopelvic disorder (problems with the mother's pelvis), dystocia, prolonged labor, and abnormal birthing presentation. Events such as broken collarbones, fractures, and bruising happen commonly as a result of the baby leaving the birthing canal, and these usually heal quickly in infants. However, there are many injuries that have happened to countless families that are a direct cause of medical malpractice. One of the more serious injuries that can happen to an infant during delivery is brachial palsy. This is can be caused by a physician that pulls too hard on the baby while attempting to deliver the infant. Another scary injury that can be caused by a practitioner is facial paralysis. This is when the baby has too much pressure on its face during delivery which results in damage to the nerves. This injury can happen when a physician uses forceps or a vacuum to extract the baby out of the birthing canal.
Not all birth injuries are a direct cause of medical malpractice, but for some families, these injuries could have been easily avoided if more proper and diligent care was administered to the patient. At Martin Walker, P.C., we have been handling medical malpractice cases in Tyler and East Texas for well over a decade. We’d be happy to talk with you and give you a free medical malpractice case evaluation. To get in contact with us, you can call us at (903) 526-1600, email us at info@martinwalkerlaw.com, or use the info listed on our Contact Page.