Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle medical malpractice cases involving placental abruption injuries. A placental abruption during pregnancy is the premature separation of the placenta from the site of uterine implantation before delivery of the fetus. The fetus can suffer serious and permanent injuries, including brain damage, when this condition occurs.
Doctors and hospitals are trained to promptly recognize when a placental abruption occurs and take the necessary steps to prevent injury or harm to both the mother and child. A baby that suffers injury due to the failure to properly treat a placental abruption may have the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent doctor or hospital. These birth injury lawsuits seek compensation for the lifetime injuries suffered by the child and to provide necessary funds to the parents to care for the child during his or her lifetime.
Placental Abruption Risk Factors
Physicians and nurses are trained to look for the risk factors that place a mother and fetus at risk for a placental abruption. These risk factors include:
• Prior medical history of placental abruption
• High blood pressure or hypertension during the pregnancy
• Age of the mother and number of prior birth deliveries of the mother
• Increased uterine distention
• Diabetes mellitus in the pregnant woman
• Use of cigarettes, cocaine, and alcohol during pregnancy
Placental Abruption Testing
When a mother is at high risk for a placental abruption, there are certain tests that a physician can perform to diagnose the condition. These placental abruption tests include:
• Comprehensive physical examination of the mother
- A Complete Blood Count, or CBC
• Prothrombin time test
• Partial thromboplastin time test
• Fibrinogen level test
• Abdominal ultrasound to look for blood clots
• Non-stress test to look for signs of fetal distress
A physician who fails to perform these tests may be determined to be negligent when the risk factors are present for a placental abruption.
Treatment for Placental Abruption
When a placental abruption is diagnosed, the physician and hospital can provide necessary treatment that will prevent injury and harm to the child. This can include intravenous fluid replacement and blood transfusion. Careful monitoring of the fetal heart rate is also necessary to determine whether an emergency caesarean section (C-section) is necessary to prevent injury to the child. If the child is injured due to the failure to provide proper care and treatment for the placental abruption, there is a legal basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan Placental Abruption Lawyer
If a doctor or hospital fails ignores the signs and symptoms of a placental abruption and the mother or baby suffers an injury as a result, you should contact our Michigan birth injury lawyers immediately. We will obtain all of your medical records and have them reviewed by our medical experts. If our medical team determines that you received improper medical care, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking all damages allowed under Michigan law. We will represent you and your child under our No Fee Promise, which means we charge no legal fees or costs unless we win you a settlement. Call now!