Breech Delivery Lawyers

Locate a Local Personal Injury Lawyer

Find Lawyers in Other Categories
Most Common Personal Injury Law Issues:

Breech Deliveries

Some fetuses remain in the breech position beyond 30 weeks and as a result doctors must determine the safest, appropriate delivery. Depending on the specific circumstances, delivery can proceed vaginally or a cesarean should be performed. 

The primary risks in a vaginal breech delivery are that the umbilical cord may prolapse or fall - possibly impairing circulation, or that the head may become trapped because of an incompletely dilated cervix. If this occurs, it would be better to consider a cesarean delivery. Negligent determination of the delivery procedure which results in injury to the baby or mother can be grounds for medical malpractice.

How Should the Determination be Made?

Generally, doctors consider three important elements in determining the optimal delivery procedure:

If a doctor chooses to proceed with a vaginal delivery for a breech baby, the following preparations for a possible emergency C-section should be made in advance, or at least early in the labor process:

What if the Mother and/or Baby Were Injured?

If the baby or mother were injured during the delivery procedure because of the breech position, there may be grounds for medical malpractice if there was negligence in the operation of the delivery procedure. Furthermore, negligence can also be found in the failure to determine the safest delivery procedure.

If, despite knowing of the breech position and the less than optimal conditions, the doctor proceeds with a vaginal delivery, there may be grounds for medical malpractice. However, there is significant case law where courts have ruled that a doctor is not negligent if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that the doctor made a reasonable determination.

Do I Need an Attorney Experienced with Medical Malpractice?

If you, or a loved one, have been injured by medical malpractice, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about the value of your case and what types of recoveries are available to you.

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 10-04-2016 01:49 PM PDT

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

LegalMatch Service Mark