Placental Abruption Lawyers in California
Our firm of California Placental Abruption Lawyers has extensive experience in handling the legal claims of families whose loved ones have been injured as a result of a placental abruption.
Placental Abruption, sometimes called an “abruption placentae,” is the premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus (or womb) before the baby is delivered. Since an abruption can cause severe harm to both mother and baby, its prompt diagnosis is critical to implementing the appropriate medical interventions, which often includes expeditious delivery by cesarean section.
HOW CAN A PLACENTAL ABRUPTION CAUSE HARM TO MOTHER AND/OR BABY?
The placenta forms during the pregnancy and is vital to a healthy pregnancy and the baby’s delivery. The placenta serves as the baby’s source of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones. Essentially, the placenta is the baby’s life support system until he or she is delivered. If the placenta tears away from the uterus wall too early, it will result in a loss of perfusion of oxygenated blood to the baby through the umbilical cord, and the mother could lose massive amounts of blood. The significance of the danger to the baby will depend upon both the severity of the abruption and the gestational age in which it occurs, whereas the risk to mother is posed primarily through the severity of the abruption.
RISK FACTORS FOR PLACENTAL ABRUPTION
Skilled medical professionals recognize several “risk factors” that are associated with an increased risk of placental abruption, including:
- High Blood Pressure. Also known as “hypertension,” this increases the risk of placental abruption, whether it started before or during the pregnancy.
- Age of Mother. Older mothers are more likely to experience placental abruption. The risk significantly increases after age 35.
- Abdominal Trauma. Getting struck in the abdomen by something during the pregnancy can increase the risk of abruption.
- Smoking and Drug Use. Smoking and/or use of illicit drugs or stimulants during pregnancy, such as cocaine, may increase the risk.
- Premature Rupture of Membranes. A baby grows inside a fluid-filled sac, called the amniotic sac, during pregnancy. When the sac breaks or leaks prematurely, the risk of placental abruption may increase. This is particularly true where the sac has been ruptured for 24 hours or more, or where there is an infection of the uterus.
- Multiples. The risk of problems with the placenta increases when more babies share it.
- Twins, Triplets, or More. The risk of problems with the placenta increases when more babies share it.
- Previous Placental Abruption. Mothers who have experienced placental abruption before are at a higher risk of experiencing it again.
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PLACENTAL ABRUPTION?
If the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before or during labor, it may cause vaginal bleeding. Abdominal and/or back pain is also typical, even if bleeding is light or not visible at all.
INJURIES CAUSED BY PLACENTAL ABRUPTION
The consequences of placental abruption can be catastrophic for both mother and child. Hemorrhage, organ failure, permanent brain damage and death can occur because of this medical emergency. Therefore, competent and safe medical professionals should be screening their patients for risk factors and indications of abruption. Proper management of the at-risk patient may include bed rest, hospital admission and continuous monitoring, medication and/or emergent delivery of the baby.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If you believe that you or your loved one has been injured because of a preventable error in managing a placental abruption, call the Placental Abruption Attorneys at Mulligan, Banham & Findley – all highly experienced in advising potential clients on birth injury cases. There is no cost to call and have your case evaluated by our specialized team of legal and medical professionals.
Please note that the information on this page is based on past cases and research in public sources performed by a law firm. It is NOT intended to be medical advice. If you suspect that you or a loved one is at risk for placental abruption, contact your doctor immediately.