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Placental Abruption Birth Injuries in Waldorf, MD

Pregnant women face a number of risks before giving birth, and one of these is a placental abruption. Normally, the placenta separates after the baby is born and will pass through the birth canal on its own. But, in an abruption, it separates from the inner wall of the uterus prematurely, cutting off the baby’s oxygen supply and nutrients, its waste disposal system, and protection from things like infections.

Even a partial separation can create an emergency since it still threatens to deprive the fetus of oxygen. It can cause heavy bleeding, which requires immediate blood transfusions and medications that help the uterus contract. This can also lead to risks during or after delivery, including shock or blood clots.

This is a relatively uncommon injury, but when it does happen, usually in the last trimester of pregnancy, it has to be addressed immediately or both the fetus and mother are at risk. Doctors have a duty to ensure they diagnose a placental abruption and are prepared to take the necessary steps once it happens. If they do not, you need to speak with a knowledgeable Maryland medical malpractice attorney right away.

Potential Disabilities and Complications for the Baby

Due to oxygen deprivation, there are other complications or serious disabilities that could arise should the baby survive, including:

  • Seizures
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Delays in development and/or learning disabilities
  • Microcephaly
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Periventricular leukomalacia

Potential Complications for the Mother

Some complications for the pregnant mother can be long-term or even fatal. These can include:

  • Excessive blood loss
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Blood transfusion required
  • Organ failure
  • Shock
  • Emergency hysterectomy

Potential Causes and Symptoms of a Placental Abruption

A placental abruption is often linked to some type of trauma, especially abdominal trauma. Pregnant women who smoke or abuse drugs have a much higher risk. Women with underlying health conditions may find they are at risk, including those with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, or high blood pressure. A woman who is over 40, carrying multiple fetuses, or who has had multiple children in the past also has an increased chance of a placental abruption.

Bleeding is one of the biggest signs that you may have suffered a placental abruption. Other symptoms include a painful or rigid abdomen or going into preterm labor. There is a chance you will not notice any bleeding because it is hidden between the uterus and membranes and escapes through the cervix.

Retaining a Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorney

Some malpractice lawsuits develop out of situations in which the doctor failed to catch the warning signs. The required standard of care means that important risk factors be documented and checked throughout the pregnancy. If the doctor fails to properly diagnose or treat the abruption, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.

If you or your baby were injured due to a placental abruption that was not properly diagnosed or treated, you may have a valid claim. It is important to speak with a skilled Maryland medical malpractice attorney. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 301-870-1200 to schedule a consultation.