Placental Abruption – St. Louis Medical Malpractice
Placental Abruption is a rare but serious complication of pregnancy. Left untreated, it can be fatal for both mother and baby.
The placenta is an organ that develops in the uterine wall of a mother during pregnancy. It nourishes the growing baby through the umbilical cord. Placental abruption occurs when the placenta peels away from the uterine wall, before the birth of the baby. Although this condition is rare, is it very serious because it deprives the baby of oxygen and nutrients and causes the mother to bleed heavily. If left untreated, this condition can be fatal for both mother and baby.
Contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm at (314) 588-7200 if you or a loved one have suffered a placental abruption and did not receive the necessary medical treatment.
Symptoms of Placental Abruption
Placental abruption usually happens suddenly and is more likely to occur in the last 12 weeks before birth. Some of the most common symptoms may include:
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Uterine tenderness
- Abdominal or back pain
- Rapid contractions
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if any of these symptoms manifest during a pregnancy.
The cause of placental abruption is often unknown. However, the condition is more common in women who have a blood clotting disorder, had an abruption in a previous pregnancy, have chronic hypertension or gestational hypertension, or are involved in an accident.
When to Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Once the placenta begins to detach from the uterine wall, there is no way to re-attach it. The severity of the placental abruption may vary. If it is a minor case, the mother may be placed on bed-rest. In severe cases, an emergency c-section may be performed. In either case, if your doctor fails to diagnose the condition, or fails to treat you properly, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, we have a strong history of winning complicated birth injury cases in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois. Although not all birth injuries are the result of carelessness on the part of an obstetrician, nurse or other healthcare provider, some are caused by medical mistakes.
Call us today at (314) 588-7200 or fill out our online contact form to request a free and private consultation.