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Birth Injury Due to Placental Abruption

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Prior to the birth of a child the placenta may separate from the uterus.  The placental separation can be total or partial.  This may result in a deprivation of oxygen to the infant placing the infant at risk for conditions and injuries which can last a lifetime.  A placental abruption can even cause the death of the infant.  About 1% of pregnant women will experience a placental abruption.

If diagnosed and treated properly, sometimes the consequences of a placental abruption can be avoided. If you believe you or your child suffered an injury due to medical error when diagnosing or treating a placental abruption, have your case investigated by Latona Law's birth injury attorneys

Call 570-825-9000 to speak with our Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys and medical malpractice experts about your case,

Placental Abruption Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms can include:

  • Vaginal bleeding which can range from light, moderate to heavy. (20% of those experiencing a placental abruption do not observe bleeding)
  • Severe back pain
  • Cramping
  • Rapid uterine contractions or other signs of early labor
  • Abdominal pain
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Decreased movement of the infant (baby is moving less than it has been)
  • Abnormal fetal heart rate

The degree or severity of the separation, the stage of pregnancy (nearness of due date, the infant's gestational age), and the location of the placental separation will determine the treatment.

A mild or partial placental abruption which is not accompanied by fetal distress may require the following treatment:

  • Bed rest
  • Monitoring by a physician
  • Transfusions
  • Medication

The closer the baby is to full term, depending upon the severity of the placental separation, the greater the possibility of a normal delivery.

A moderate to severe placental abruption may include the following treatment:

  • A hospital stay
  • Close fetal monitoring in order to gauge infant oxygen deprivation and blood flow
  • Ultra sounds

A total placental abruption (complete separation) will place the child at serious risk.  Risks will include serious long term heath issues or death.  In most cases a scheduled or an emergency C-section will become necessary.

An undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or improperly treated placental abruption could have many devastating consequences, including:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Damage
  • Seizures
  • Premature Birth
  • Death

Cerebral Palsy from a Placental Abruption

A placental abruption will cause an infant to lose oxygen.  A lack of oxygen may cause a brain injury which leads to Cerebral Palsy.  In addition, a stressful or traumatic delivery, labor which has gone far too long, the failure to perform a timely or emergency C-section can cause a brain injury or a brain injury resulting in Cerebral Palsy.

Every birth injury deserves to be investigated.

Have your case evaluated by LATONA LAW BIRTH INJURY LAWYERS today.

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