Pregnancy is usually a time of joy and expectation, but it’s important that it’s also a time that mothers-to-be pay attention to their health for themselves and their unborn babies. While most pregnancies result in a healthy mother and baby, there are some conditions that can threaten that outcome. One such condition is placental abruption. It’s a condition that requires immediate medical treatment to reduce the risk to mother and baby. Unfortunately, it sometimes goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed. When that happens, the consequences can be catastrophic. It can also be considered medical malpractice.
Placental abruption is a medical emergency that happens during labor and delivery. Essentially, what happens is the placenta detaches (partially or completely) from the inner wall of the uterus, before the baby is born. When this happens, the baby is at great risk of fetal or neonatal injuries as the placenta controls many vital functions that affect the baby.
The exact causes of placental abruption are unknown, but there are certain risk factors that can make a pregnant woman more likely to experience the complication. It’s important that physicians and other medical professionals identify and monitor the following risk factors in expectant mothers:
The most common risk factor is hypertension (high blood pressure) or preeclampsia, which is hypertension that occurs due to pregnancy. If preeclampsia isn’t diagnosed, monitored, and treated effectively and timely, both mother and baby are more at risk of suffering birth injuries.
The damage that placental abruption causes can vary widely depending on the following:
Placental abruption is considered a medical emergency and it must be treated quickly. If it isn’t, it could result in significant blood loss for both mother and baby, and the baby may sustain long-term brain injuries and develop cerebral palsy.
Diagnosing placental abruption is generally based on a doctor’s observation. This means that it’s vital that doctors communicate effectively with pregnant women, carefully assess their risk factors, and monitor the fetal heart beat constantly.
Treatment of placental abruption may include blood transfusions and the administration of intravenous fluids. It may also be required that an emergency C-section is performed if the baby is in distress or the bleeding is excessive.
When placental abruption occurs and any of the following happen (or have happened), it may be considered medical malpractice on the part of the doctor or other medical professionals:
If you had a placental abruption due to any of the above reasons, and you or your child suffered injuries because of it, you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit. It’s important that you seek legal representation right away for your case.
When a baby or mother is injured due to a placental abruption, those injuries can last a lifetime. When the injury was avoidable, parents of the child may have a medical malpractice case against the medical professional who is responsible. If you believe this describes your family, the attorneys at Ross Feller Casey can help.
At Ross Feller Casey, we have a team of Ivy League educated and trained physicians right on our staff who consult on birth injury cases. They have the knowledge and training to carefully review medical records and determine if there was negligence involved. We also have an unrivaled history of winning multi-million-dollar financial recoveries in all types of birth injury cases, including placental abruption lawsuits.
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