The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., a Scottsdale medical malpractice law firm, is dedicated to helping parents and guardians of birth-injured children obtain justice for those children. We understand the serious medical and legal consequences of a doctor’s failure to diagnose or to responsibly treat an expectant mother who suffers from placenta previa or from a placental abruption. Either one of these conditions can lead to potentially lethal injuries to a child within the womb or at the time of delivery.
What Is Placenta Previa?
When an embryo implants itself in the uterus, the placenta begins to grow. The placenta develops wherever the embryo was implanted. Therefore, it’s possible for the placenta to grow on the lower portion of the uterus. When this occurs, the cervix can end up partially or fully covered. Sometimes this situation will resolve on its own. However, there are other cases in which the problem only gets worse. Regardless of the situation, it’s essential for health care providers to closely monitor patients who have been diagnosed with placenta previa.
What Causes Placental Abruption?
It’s hard to determine the exact cause of placental abruption. Sometimes it’s the result of a belly injury. If the mother is involved in an automobile accident, then she may take a direct hit to the abdomen. Placental abruption can also happen as a result of the sudden loss of uterine volume. For example, the delivery of twins can cause a rapid loss of amniotic fluid. Besides that, high blood pressure accounts for a number of placental abruptions.
Placenta Previa Symptoms
Placenta previa occurs once in every 200 live births. Although the disorder causes bleeding, it’s not always serious. Here are some placenta previa symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Frequent uterine contractions
The symptoms of placental abruption can mirror other medical conditions. As a result, it’s imperative for women to consult a physician if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Dark red vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Extreme thirst
- Uterine contractions that don’t relax
Medical Negligence Due To Poor Monitoring
Placenta previa and placental abruption can be life-threatening. Therefore, doctors must take precautions to ensure the health of both the mother and child.
The following negligent actions can warrant a malpractice case:
- A doctor or nurse failed to monitor the mother and baby.
- After the diagnosis, there was a failure to take appropriate medical measures.
- The disorder was not diagnosed in a timely manner.
- The mother was misdiagnosed or left untreated.
Contact Our Arizona Lawyer For Help With Your Birth Injury Claim
Placenta previa and placental abruption can be treated. However, a doctor’s negligent actions can lead to wrongful death. If a child of yours has been killed or injured due to negligence of a doctor during pregnancy or birth, please call our attorney at 480-951-3949 or contact us online. We provide legal services to people throughout the greater Phoenix area.