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Complications That May Necessitate Emergency C-Section

Both you and your baby will be in danger if you need an emergency caesarian operation (c-section) and you are not operated on in time. This means the medical team in charge of your delivery should know if you need the operation. Here are three delivery complications that may necessitate an emergency c-section:


Hypoxia occurs when the baby's brain doesn't receive adequate oxygen during, before or shortly after delivery. Without proper treatment, it may lead to complications such as cerebral palsy and cognitive deficiencies. Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that impairs the baby's movements while cognitive deficiency affects the baby's intellect.

Cerebral palsy can be treated if intervention is made early enough, but it can also be a permanent disorder. If you are suing a doctor for causing your child's hypoxia, you will need an expert evaluation to determine whether the child is likely to recover or will be permanently impaired. In case a permanent disability is projected, then you need to include the future cost of taking care of the child, and it can be a significant amount.

Placenta Previa

Placenta previa is a birth complication in which the baby's placenta covers the mother's cervix and hinders delivery. Apart from making the delivery difficult, the complication may also cause severe bleeding, which can be life-threatening both for the baby and the mother.

Several things should alert your doctor that you are having a placenta previa. They include premature contractions, baby lying in a breech position or having a larger-than-normal uterus. Your doctor should also suspect that you have a high risk of experiencing placenta previa if you are old, smoke, use cocaine, or are carrying more than one baby, among other factors. A doctor who fails to take your risk factors into consideration or doesn't notice the telltale symptoms of the condition may be liable for your eventual complications.

Shoulder Dystocia

This is a condition in which the baby's shoulder gets stuck on the mother's pubic bone and halts the delivery process. The risk factors include things like maternal diabetes, induced labor, late labor, and maternal obesity, among other things. Your medical examination should reveal whether any of those risk factors apply to your case and alert the doctor to look out for the complication. If it isn't detected and treated early, it can cause dislocation of the baby's shoulder or cause severe bleeding of the mother. Note that the treatments for all these complications should be included in the medical malpractice claim.

Medical malpractice is a complicated and technical branch of law. Therefore, consult a medical malpractice lawyer the minute you suspect your doctor or any other member of your medical team was negligent during your delivery.