Childbirth used to be a scary, mysterious process, but, with the recent and ongoing advancements in modern medicine, childbirth becomes safer and safer by the day. Unfortunately, if a doctor, nurse, midwife, or hospital is negligent or careless, their mistake could result in serious harm to the mother, baby, or both. One such birth complication, placental abruption, requires a swift medical response, otherwise, the condition can become life-threatening. If untreated, undiagnosed, or inadequately treated, placental abruption can lead to preterm birth, stillborn birth, maternal bleeding, and more.
If you, your partner, or your child suffered a birth injury related to placental abruption, our firm is prepared to help.
Why Choose Cullan & Cullan LLC?
Our team at Cullan & Cullan LLC has ample experience working with families affected by birth injuries, and we know how devastating these types of cases can be. To help make this time easier for you and your loved ones, our attorneys are committed to approaching each case with a medical approach, as most of our lawyers are also medical doctors with degrees in anatomy and other similar studies. We know how to identify the types of mistakes and oversights that lead to placental abruption and other birth injuries, and we want to use our skills to help you seek justice for your injured child.
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Identifying Placental Abruption
The placenta is a crucial portion of the mother-to-be’s body that helps provide the unborn baby with nutrients and oxygen. When the baby is born, the placenta detaches from the inner wall of the mother’s uterus and follows the baby out of the birth canal. However, if the placenta detaches prematurely, this can result in placental abruption.
How Can Medical Negligence Cause Placental Abruption?
Placental abruption can occur naturally, however, medical doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are trained to spot symptoms that indicate potential signs of placental abruption. There are also specific groups of women who are particularly at-risk for placental abruption, which means doctors should be particularly attuned to any potential symptoms. At-risk groups include mothers who have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other health problems that affect the blood vessels or the immune system.
If these signs are apparent and nothing is done to help the mother and unborn baby, the negligent parties may be held responsible for their inaction. Or, if the issue is misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late, they may also be found guilty of medical negligence.
Symptoms of placental abruption include:
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Rapid uterine contractions
- Sudden, ongoing abdominal and back pain
- Tender uterus
- Vaginal bleeding
The Aftermath of Placental Abruption
Placental abruption can be extremely serious and may be life-threatening to both the mother and unborn baby if not treated immediately. Depending on the severity of the abruption, (whether the placenta tore slightly or completely), the resulting medical action may be as minimal as ordered bedrest or as drastic as an emergency C-section. However, a misdiagnosis at this stage could prove deadly.
Placental abruption can result in:
- Infant growth issues
- Maternal blood clotting
- Maternal blood loss
- Maternal kidney failure
- Preterm birth
- Restricted oxygen flow to the infant
- Stillborn birth
As a result of these complications, the mother could suffer major health complications, or even death. The unborn baby might also face serious hurdles if born prematurely, or could experience developmental delays and brain injuries if deprived of oxygen. In short, the resulting side effects of placental abruption are extreme, which is why doctors must be vigilant in the diagnosis and treatment of any potential placental abruption cases.
If you or your child suffered serious injury due to a placental abruption, and you think medical negligence was to blame, our firm wants to hear from you. Our attorneys have the medical knowledge to apply to birth injury cases, which means we know precisely what types of red flags to look for when reviewing these types of cases. No matter how complex or difficult your case may seem, our team has the skill and resources to help you fight for justice and maximum compensation.
Ready to get started on your placental abruption case? Contact Cullan & Cullan LLC to get in touch with our compassionate Omaha birth injury attorneys.