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When Placental Abruption Leads to Birth Injury

Michael Becker

If you suffered from placental abruption, and you believe it was caused by a doctor’s negligence, then you could be eligible to file a birth injury claim in Ohio. Consulting with a Cleveland birth injury firm is the best way to learn if you have a valid claim that is worth pursuing.

An Overview of Placental Abruption

While placental abruption is not a common complication of pregnancy, it is certainly a serious one. The placenta is vital to the developing baby’s growth. Placental abruption occurs when the placenta partially or completely peels away from the uterus’ inner wall.

This can lead to not only injuries to the fetus, but also to the mother. It is a complication of pregnancy that requires immediate medical care. If there is a failure to recognize that placental abruption has taken place, it could be life-threatening to both the baby and mother.

Symptoms of Placental Abruption

Some of the symptoms that may indicate placental abruption has taken place include:

  • sudden abdominal pain;
  • severe back pain;
  • vaginal bleeding (amount varies, although sometimes there is no bleeding);
  • constant uterine contractions; and
  • uterine tenderness.

This serious complication can occur from 20 weeks of pregnancy and onward. Not all of the symptoms are experienced when this complication arises, so if there is any suspicion that it has occurred, doctors must exercise immediate medical care.

Sometimes an ultrasound can detect placental abruption, but in some cases, it may not be detected until after the delivery has taken place. In this case the placenta usually has a blood clot attached to it.

Risk Factors for Placental Abruption

The cause of placental abruption is not always known. It can occur as a result of an injury to the mother’s abdomen, such as in a fall or a car accident. It can also happen when there is a loss of amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby or the amniotic membranes rupture.

There are some risk factors, however, that could increase the chance of placental abruption. The treating doctor should be aware of these risk factors. For instance, it is most common in women who are 35 years and older. The risk is also increased with each pregnancy and if the mother is carrying multiples (twins, triplets, etc.).

Health conditions in the mother, such as a blood-clotting disorder or high blood pressure, could also be risk factors.

Placental abruption can deprive the baby of nutrients and oxygen, lead to neurological problems later on, cause premature birth or result in death. It can also cause the mother to go into shock or lose a lot of blood. If the blood loss is severe, it may even necessitate a hysterectomy.

If you suspect that your doctor was negligent in some manner and you have suffered placental abruption, you could be entitled to compensation through a birth injury claim in Ohio. You should immediately speak with a Cleveland birth injury firm to determine if you have a case of medical negligence and should proceed with filing a claim.

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