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Denver Placental Abruption Attorneys

Get Help After Denver Medical Malpractice Leads to a Birth Injury

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, possibly leading to severe injuries.

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 FREE initial consultation where we will review your medical records and see if you have a claim. Call (877) 433-3906 today.

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What Are Some Risk Factors?

Obstetricians (OB/GYN) are responsible for monitoring the mother’s health throughout pregnancy. Common risk factors for placental abruption include:

  • Blunt trauma; for example, from a car accident or fall
  • Placental abruption in a previous pregnancy
  • 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

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Injuries Caused by Placental Abruption

Placental abruption may result in serious health issues, dramatically impacting both mother and child. Premature birth, low birthweight, and even stillbirth may result due to a placental abruption. It can prevent enough oxygen from reaching the brain, causing brain damage, cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), autism, behavior problems, developmental delays, and other issues.

There may also be traumatic results for the mother. Placental abruption can cause heavy bleeding and it may require a hysterectomy following an emergency C-section. Blood loss and hemorrhaging could lead to clotting or transfusions. Kidney failure is another possible outcome.

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Negligence and Medical Malpractice

Placental abruption is most likely to occur in the final trimester of pregnancy, especially during the last few weeks leading up to birth. Key signs and symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Unusual Firmness in the uterus or abdomen
  • Uterine contractions, with many coming sequentially

If an OB/GYN does recognize warning signs of abruption, such as physical symptoms reported by the patient or an abnormal fetal heart rate, they 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.

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Work With an Experienced Denver Birth Injury Attorney

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 necessary to prove your doctor was liable. If you’d like to speak with a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer about your potential case, give Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. a call today at (877) 433-3906.

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