Denver Placental Abruption Attorneys
Placental abruption occurs when the placenta partially or completely separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery. When the placenta detaches, the baby’s oxygen and nutrient supply will be decreased or cut off entirely, leading to severe injuries. It can also cause heavy bleeding in the mother, and require a hysterectomy after an emergency C-section.
When this dangerous complication isn’t treated immediately, it can cause serious damage to an unborn baby. If you believe your doctor failed to recognize placental problems that led to your baby’s birth injury, please call the top medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. We have handled hundreds of similar cases throughout the United States, and we offer a no-cost initial consultation to review your medical records and see if you have a valid claim. Call (877) 433-3906 today.
Placental abruption is most likely to occur in the last trimester of pregnancy, especially in the last few weeks leading up to the birth. Placental abruption is often sudden and unexpected; however, signs and symptoms do exist. Common symptoms include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Uterine tenderness
- Uterine contractions, with many coming sequentially
- Firmness in the uterus or abdomen
These are risk factors for placental abruption:
- Blunt trauma; for example, from a car accident or fall
- Placental abruption in a previous pregnancy
- Chronic high blood pressure (hypertension)
- High blood pressure during pregnancy, resulting in preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Early rupture of membranes, which causes amniotic fluid to leak before it’s time to deliver
- Infection inside of the uterus during pregnancy (chorioamnionitis)
- Carrying more than one baby
- Being older, especially over 40
Medical professionals are responsible for monitoring the mother throughout pregnancy. If an OB/GYN does recognize warning signs of abruption, such as physical symptoms reported by the patient or an abnormal fetal heart rate, he or she should conduct additional testing to rule out placental abruption. Ultrasounds, blood draws, pelvic exams, and additional fetal heart rate monitoring can all be used to get more information about a potential abruption.
Medical providers must meet the standard of care. Failure to meet the standard is negligence. If their negligence was a cause of you or your baby’s injuries, you may have a case.
If you were misdiagnosed or mistreated when faced with a placental abruption, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills and emotional trauma. Our experienced Denver birth injury attorneys will investigate your claim, and if necessary, do the research to prove your doctor was liable. If you’d like to speak with a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer about your potential case, give the Denver office of Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. a call at (303) 759-9945.
- Placenta Abruptio - MedlinePlus
- Placental Abruption - Mayo Clinic
- Placental Abruption - Merck Manual