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Vaginal birth after caesarean, or VBAC, is a risky and controversial procedure that refers to an attempted vaginal delivery after a mother has already delivered one or more babies via c-section. The procedure is considered hazardous to both the mother and baby’s health because it can result in a life-threatening emergency known as uterine scar rupture—a condition that occurs when the uterine wall suffers a tear at the site of a previous c-section scar. When not treated immediately, a uterine scar rupture can cause hemorrhaging in the mother, permanent brain injury in the baby, and in some cases death.

If you or someone you love suffered uterine scar rupture or other devastating consequence of a VBAC procedure and you suspect medical malpractice was involved, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to learn more about the legal remedies available to you. You may be eligible for monetary reimbursement for your losses and suffering. Please contact us today for a no-cost consultation with a respected and proven medical malpractice attorney near you.

VBAC & Medical Malpractice

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that hospitals and birthing centers caring for VBAC patients have an emergency team—including a doctor capable of performing a c-section, an anesthesiologist, and medical staff—“immediately available” to respond to cases of uterine scar rupture.

If not treated within 15 to 30 minutes, uterine scar rupture can result in permanent, sometimes fatal damage to the baby and also potentially fatal hemorrhaging in the mother. Medical malpractice may be a factor if:

  • The mother did not receive proper or adequate prenatal care
  • The patient was not fully informed of the potential risks of VBAC
  • The facility was not equipped to care for a VBAC patient and/or did not have an emergency response team ready
  • Healthcare providers failed to perform a c-section within the 15-30 minute window after the rupture
  • More

What Are My Legal Rights?

Good prenatal care, properly trained and skilled healthcare workers, and informed consent are all crucial to ensuring the optimal health of a mother and her baby during the delivery process. This is especially true for risky procedures such as VBAC. When doctors and/or medical professionals fail in their duty to the patient, they can be held responsible for any harm or injury sustained as a result.

If you or someone you love had a VBAC and suffered a uterine scar rupture that was not adequately cared for, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other financial and emotional losses. To learn more about your eligibility to recover your losses, please contact us today. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can answer your questions and ensure your legal rights are protected.

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