While most women experience few to no complications during pregnancy and birth, others can develop life-threatening conditions as early as four months along. Sadly, countless women suffer from what can be a fatal condition known as a placental abruption (PA).
Our attorneys at Wilt & Klausing, PLLC, hold doctors accountable who failed to prevent and treat complications of PAs. We are dedicated to standing by families in Kentucky and holding negligent providers accountable for their reckless mistakes.
An Overview Of Placental Abruptions
In a normal pregnancy, a placenta detaches from the uterine wall during birth. However, when a woman sustains injury or trauma to her abdomen, the placenta can detach prematurely. This is known as a placental abruption (PA). PAs can occur as early as the 20 th week and during the third trimester.
What Happens If The Condition Is Left Untreated?
Preventing and stopping a placenta from detaching is not possible. However, once the condition is diagnosed, proper monitoring and treatment can reduce the risk of complications. Unfortunately, failing to diagnose and monitor the condition can result in blood clots, anoxia, organ failure and even death to both the mother and the baby.
I Experienced A Placental Abruption. Do I Have A Medical Malpractice Claim?
A placenta detaching from the uterine wall is not grounds for a medical malpractice claim on its own. However, if your doctor did not properly diagnose or monitor your PA, and you or your baby was injured, you may be able to take legal action.
Proper diagnostic and monitoring practices of placental abruptions include:
- Identifying risk factors – Medical providers can monitor women who are at high risk for PAs throughout their pregnancies.
- Employing diagnostic procedures – Women who exhibit symptoms or are at high risk can undergo physical examinations and ultrasounds, have their blood tested and be closely monitored to make a diagnosis.
- Performing emergency treatment without delay – If a physician recognizes fetal distress, they can perform an emergency C-section to reduce the risk of harm from a PA.
If you suffered from a PA and your doctor failed to take any of the above measures, one of our seasoned lawyers can help you to determine if you have a claim.