Failure to Diagnose Placental Abruption

Placental abruption is a serious condition that occurs when the placenta separates prematurely from the uterine wall. This typically occurs during the third trimester of pregnancy but can occur as early as 20 weeks gestation. Placental abruption occurs in approximately 1% of all pregnancies. When this happens it can threaten the life of both the mother and baby. Physicians that fail to diagnose and treat this condition can be held liable for their negligence.

As an experienced Greenville, SC birth injury lawyer, Bobby Jones has a proven track record of advocating on behalf of victims of obstetrical malpractice. If you or someone that you know has suffered an injury as a result of an undiagnosed and untreated placental abruption, contact Bobby Jones Law to discuss your rights and options.

Common Causes of Placental Abruption

There are a number of risk factors that can lead to placental abruption. Some of these factors include:

  • Maternal hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy with more than one fetus
  • Maternal age over the age of 35
  • Trauma to the abdomen such as through an accident or fall
  • Chorioamnionitis. This is an infection of membranes within the placenta and the amniotic fluid
  • Abnormalities in the uterus
  • A history of drug use or smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)

If a physician fails to identify and treat a placental abruption quickly, the mother and/or child can suffer severe injuries. The baby may also be born prematurely or stillborn.

Treating Placental Abruption

Physicians must render an adequate standard of care to minimize the occurrence of placental abruption, particularly in women that are considered high-risk. This includes continuously monitoring the health of mother and baby. Common tests for identifying placental abruption can include ultrasounds, blood tests, and treating visible symptoms.

When a placental abruption occurs, a physician must render emergency medical treatment. Once placental abruption has occurred, the placenta cannot be reattached to the uterus. If it is determined that the mother and/or child is in distress, the physician will likely need to perform an emergency C-section.

If a physician, medical staff, or hospital fail to provide an adequate standard of care they can be held liable for the resulting injuries to the mother and baby.

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Greenville, SC Birth Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to a South Carolina medical provider’s or hospital’s negligent actions, it is important to consult with an experienced Greenville, SC birth injury lawyer to discuss your rights and remedies. Bobby Jones Law has a proven track record of helping victims of obstetrical malpractice and their loved ones to recover the compensation that they deserve. We proudly serve clients throughout South Carolina from our office conveniently located in Greenville. Please contact us for a FREE consultation.

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