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Placental Abruption - Mismanaged Pregnancy Complications

Placental Abruption is an obstetric emergency, and a delay in delivery can cause serious life threatening injuries to you and your baby as oxygen deprivation is a common cause of a catastrophic brain injury.

Placental Abruption is when the placenta comes away from the wall of the uterus during pregnancy. It is the placenta that provides your baby with oxygen and nutrients such as glucose which the developing brain is dependent upon.

Signs of Placental Abruption

Although there are certain risk factors, for example, high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), diabetes, smoking, blood clotting disorders, multiple pregnancies, prolonged rupture of membranes, infection, and advanced maternal age, to name a few, that may mean that you are at a higher risk of developing a placental abruption. Your medical team would be expected to be aware of and recognise the importance of such risks.

Any woman who presents with abdominal pain or uterine tenderness, vaginal bleeding, signs of early labour (contractions), back pain or decreased fetal heart rate or movement should be assessed immediately for placental abruption by physical examination, an ultrasound scan, blood tests and fetal monitoring.

Treatment for Placental Abruption

An emergency caesarean section will usually be carried out when a severe placental abruption has been identified.

If there is a failure to carry out an urgent assessment, or a failure to recognise the risk, or a failure to diagnose a placental abruption by your medical team and a caesarean section is delayed, then you may lose a lot of blood (haemorrhage) and your baby is at risk of suffering severe disability.

Effects of Placental Abruption

Your baby may have been starved of oxygen and developed cerebral palsy, blindness and epilepsy for example. They may require care on a 24-hour basis for life. They may not be able to communicate and their life expectancy may also be severely affected.

How a solicitor can help

There is no cure for brain damage but there are treatments and therapies available that can help ease the impact of symptoms such as spasticity, improving communication skills and finding other ways to do things. Caring for a child with a severe disability is stressful and demanding and seriously impacts upon the financial, psychological and physical health of the entire family.

Our medical negligence team are recognised experts in conducting claims of this nature. With the involvement of specialists such as care and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational and psychological experts, and accommodation experts, we will help you to secure a financial settlement that will provide both financial security and a care package moving forward ensuring that your child’s life-long care needs will be met.

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