A placental abruption happens when the placenta separates from the uterus. In many cases, this will occur in the third trimester. It is possible for it to happen sooner though. If the placenta ruptures or comes free from the lining of the uterus, both mother and baby are at risk for severe life-threatening complications. Since there are certain risk factors that can increase the chance of having a placental abruption, it’s important that doctors properly monitor both mother and baby throughout the pregnancy. If you or your baby has suffered due to a placental abruption, you need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney with proven birth injury case experience as soon as possible.
When a placenta ruptures or comes away from the uterus wall, mothers and babies are in serious trouble. In some cases, it can cause hemorrhaging for the mother. A warning sign associated with a ruptured placenta is vaginal bleeding, but in some cases, the bleeding happens internally. Another warning sign associated with a ruptured placenta is pain in the back and abdominal areas. If you experience a sudden and new pain in your abdominal or uterine areas, you need to let your doctor know immediately, especially if you’re at risk for a complication like placental abruption. The stakes are also high for the baby. Oxygen deprivation is a huge concern associated with placental abruption, because the baby can develop cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or even die without enough oxygen. In some cases, an emergency C-section may be necessary. Listed below are some of the warning signs associated with placental abruption.
Warning Signs Associated With Placental Abruption
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal tenderness
- Vaginal bleeding
- Fetal heart rate abnormalities
Identifying Risk Factors and Monitoring Appropriately
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase the likelihood for certain types of pregnancy complications, including placental abruption. The importance of screening and monitoring pregnant women for these risk factors can’t be overstated. Some of the risk factors associated with placental abruption include previous placental abruption, abnormal blood vessels in the uterus, preeclampsia, multiple birth pregnancies, premature water break and excess amniotic fluid. If a pregnant woman has health factors that put her at risk for placental abruption or any other kind of complication, it’s important for doctors and medical teams to monitor the health and potential warning signs of both mother and baby very closely. It’s not always possible to prevent pregnancy complications, but how quickly those complications are detected and treated can make all the difference in the world.
As with any type of pregnancy complication, time is the most important factor. The more swiftly complications are detected and treated, the better chance there is for a favorable and safe outcome for mom and baby. Where placental abruptions are concerned, immediate diagnosis and treatment are essential for good outcomes. If a placental abruption isn’t detected swiftly, mom and baby could both be facing irreversible and life-threatening complications. After any placental abruption that leads to birth injuries or death, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury attorney who has birth injury case experience, because a timeline will need to be established. It will be necessary to determine when the placenta abruption occurred and how long it went undetected by medical professionals. Listed below are some common injuries associated with placental abruption.
Injuries Associated With Placental Abruption
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Developmental delays
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Birth defects caused by medical malpractice in the delivery room or during prenatal care can harm children and their families for life. Ensuring mothers are properly monitored and all risk factors are taken into consideration are essential parts of prenatal care to ensure the safety and health of both mother and baby. After any type of birth injury caused by medical malpractice or suspected medical errors, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Your child might need lifelong care, additional medical procedures and a variety of supportive services for an extended period of time. Let a lawyer be your advocate as you focus on your little one.
If you have been injured or if your baby has suffered from an irreversible birth defect due to a placental abruption, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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