Birth Injuries Caused By Placental Problems

The placenta serves several essential functions during pregnancy. It supplies nutrients to the fetus, and also transfers oxygen and blood between the mother and child. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, placental problems can cause severe birth injuries or death of the child. One of the most common issues is placental abruption.

At the law firm of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City, we have a dedicated legal team to represent families affected by obstetric injuries. If your child suffered a birth injury because a doctor failed to address a placental problem, our lawyers will help you seek the financial resources you will need to care for your child. To discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm, call 800-539-0652.

Did Your Doctor Fail To Diagnose And Treat Your Abruption?

If your doctor failed to diagnose and treat your abruption despite known risk factors and symptoms, you may have legal options. Abruption typically occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy. Symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain in the abdomen or back
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Rapid contractions

Risk factors for placental abruption include:

  • The age of the mother
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Previous occurrences of placental abruption

Once separated from the uterus, the placenta cannot be reattached. Treatment options depend on the severity of the abruption and the term of the pregnancy.

Your doctor might hospitalize the mother and closely monitor the baby's heartbeat. If bleeding stops and your baby's heartbeat is stable, the doctor may prescribe bed rest and medication. The doctor may give the mother medication to help the baby's lungs mature in case the baby needs to be delivered early. If the abruption progresses, the mother may deliver the baby by emergency C-section.

Our lawyers work with leading experts who can review your care and determine whether your doctor did everything he or she should have done to diagnose and treat your condition.

Other types of placental problems include:

  • Placenta previa is a condition where the placenta moves to the bottom of the womb, covering part or all of the cervix. If not diagnosed and treated, it can lead to conditions such as heart defects, seizures and neonatal asphyxia.
  • Placental insufficiency occurs when the placenta is unable to deliver needed nutrients and oxygen to the fetus. Also known as uteroplacental insufficiency, it can cause conditions such as cerebral palsy, neurological impairments, seizures and cognitive disabilities.

For More Information About Placental Problems

Our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation to help your family meet the challenges ahead.