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Why so
many C-sections in South Florida?

Why so
many C-sections in South Florida?

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: Medical malpractice

You are more at risk of delivering your baby by cesarean section in South Florida than anywhere else across the country. Unfortunately, the state of Florida has some of the highest rates of C-sections. Even during low-risk pregnancies, cesarean sections are still performed. Miami is at the top of the list with about 40 out of every 100 deliveries being a C-section. A personal injury attorney can help you figure out if you have a medical malpractice case.

Too many C-sections in Miami

Miami hospitals are ranking high on C-sections, especially Hialeah hospitals due to their high percentage of deliveries. Some doctors say patients request C-sections a lot in Miami. Besides their background, there is a belief among his panic women that sexual function can drastically change after having a vaginal delivery.

When should doctors perform a C-section?

For the most part, a C-section is performed when a vaginal delivery is risky. Some general signs a C-section is needed include:

  • When the patient had a C-section in the past
  • Fetal distress
  • When there is a tumor in the pelvis
  • Maternal conditions
  • Other vaginal surgeries
  • Breech delivery

When the C-section results in injuries

Sometimes C-sections are not necessary and doctors still performs them. Whether the patient requested or the doctor insisted it was necessary, a doctor can be liable for this procedure if it causes injuries and if he or she can’t prove it was required.  However, when doctors evaluate risk factors and determine the cesarean section is necessary, courts don’t hold them liable for risks associated with the procedure.

Some risks associated with cesarean section

  • Infection
  • Blood loss
  • Organs such as the bowel and bladder can suffer injuries
  • Adhesions
  • Allergies to medications
  • More moms die during C-sections than during vaginal births
  • Babies delivered by C-section can be premature if delivery too early
  • Breathing complications may arise after a C-section
  • Emotional issues as women having C-sections report not being able to bond with their babies

The money factor

Money can blind even the most educated crowd. Apparently, some greedy doctors out there love C-sections because they get paid more when performing them. That’s right, they are paid hundreds of dollars when compared with performing a vaginal procedure. The financial incentive seems to be a motivating factor for some obstetricians. Doctors who are paid salary may not perform C-sections as much because the procedure takes longer and there is no financial incentive behind the extra effort.

A Miami medical malpractice attorney may be the answer

If you have become the victim of medical malpractice, it’s very rare for the doctor or hospital responsible for the error to admit it. You may need to hire a  Miami medical malpractice attorney who will protect your rights and gather evidence on your behalf. Some cases need to be properly investigated as there may be more than one person involved in such complex cases. Contact us today and schedule your initial case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.