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Placenta abruptio, also know as placental abruption, affects less than 1% of all pregnant women. However, when it happens, is it a very serious condition and is life-threatening to both mother and baby. It creates health risks for the mother, and it also puts a baby at risk for developing life-long disabilities.
The placenta is an organ in the uterus that feeds and nourishes a fetus through the umbilical cord. The placenta attaches itself to the uterine wall. Placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus, typically after 20 weeks pregnant. If this occurs before a baby is born, the baby is at serious risk and the mother may experience extreme bleeding. If often happens quickly and without much warning.
The true cause of placental abruption is unknown. Some doctors and researchers think it may occur due to loss of amniotic fluid or trauma to the abdomen. However, there are risk factors that contribute to placental abruption. Some of these include:
If a physician fails to notice, monitor, or treat these conditions, he or she may be liable when birth injuries ensue.
The most significant symptom of placental abruption is severe pain in the abdomen and back. It generally happens suddenly and without warning. Bleeding can range from light to severe, depending on the person.
Other symptoms of placental abruption include:
If a pregnant woman notices a combination of these symptoms, she should contact emergency services right away.
When placental abruption occurs it is imperative that a physician and/or medical staff react immediately. If they fail to do so, the consequences can be devastating for both mother and child.
Some of the risks of placental abruption include:
Placental abruption causes loss of oxygen to the fetus. This can lead to brain damage, which commonly leads to Cerebral palsy (CP). The risk of CP depends on the amount of time the brain goes without oxygen, how much of the placenta separates from the wall, the infants gestational age, and the length of time the baby is in utero before delivery after the separation occurs.
The birth of a baby should be one of the happiest moments in a person's life. However, if the birth results in injury or even loss of life, nothing is more devastating and heartbreaking. When these injuries are the result of incompetent medical professionals or happen out of sheer negligence, it's important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
At Willens Law Offices, we will help you understand your rights. Call us today for a FREE consultation by calling (312) 957-4166 or by filling out our online contact form. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider, they should be held accountable.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
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