If the placenta becomes damaged, birth complications may result, some serious enough to threaten the life or long-term health of the baby. A placental injury poses the gravest danger if a medical professional does not diagnose and treat it in a timely manner.
Your doctor must recognize when your placenta has been compromised and intervene right away. By failing to do so, your doctor puts the health of you and your child at risk. If your baby suffered a placental birth injury, we want to discuss the potential for compensation with you. A placental birth injury lawyer from Newsome | Melton can help you hold the medical professional accountable for your losses.
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The Placental Birth Injury Lawyers at Newsome | Melton Pursue Medical Malpractice Claims for All Types of Placental Injuries
A few different issues can arise during pregnancy and cause damage to your placenta. No matter which happened to you, your doctor should have noticed and begun treatment right away. If your placental injury caused your baby to suffer harm, we may be able to prove your medical provider’s response was insufficient.
Here are the three main types of placental injury and how they happen during pregnancy:
Placental insufficiency happens when not enough blood gets to the placenta during pregnancy. As a result, the placenta fails to develop properly, and it does not deliver enough blood to the developing fetus. It can happen due to diabetes or if the mother’s blood supply does not increase during pregnancy as it is supposed to.
Without a properly developed placenta, the baby does not get the nutrients needed during gestation. This can stunt the baby’s development and lead to low birth weight and a host of other problems, including cerebral palsy and cognitive disorders.
Your doctor can stymie the adverse effects of placental insufficiency by detecting and treating it early. There are simple treatments that can work wonders, such as low dose aspirin. If your obstetrician or midwife knew of your placental insufficiency but did not start you on any treatment, you may be able to hold them liable.
Placenta previa occurs when the placenta slides down and blocks the cervix. It can cause excessive bleeding during the later stages of pregnancy and delivery. Often, it necessitates a C-section birth.
This is another placental condition that you and your doctor should be able to manage effectively, but it requires your doctor to make an early and accurate diagnosis. You can take basic steps to minimize complications from placenta previa, such as avoiding activities that might cause bleeding or contractions.
If your doctor failed to detect placenta previa, you or your child may have suffered injuries, and we may be able to hold your doctor accountable.
Placental abruption is a rare condition in which the placenta partially or fully separates from the lining of the uterus before delivery. This can cause the mother to bleed excessively and the baby not to receive the oxygen and nutrients they need during the delivery process.
This condition usually happens suddenly, causing symptoms, such as abdominal pain and bleeding. Your doctor’s speed, skill, and efficiency in responding to a placental abruption determine the extent of complications you and your baby may suffer.
If your doctor takes control quickly, you may have little to no problems. But if your doctor’s response is inadequate, your baby could suffer a host of complications. These include low birth weight, cerebral palsy, cognitive problems, and even infant death.
The Newsome | Melton Lawyers Help You Recover Fair Compensation for Your Child’s Placental Birth Injury
If your child suffered injury due to a placental abruption, placenta previa, or placental insufficiency that went untreated by your obstetrician or midwife, we may be able to hold the medical professional accountable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. You could be eligible for substantial compensation. At your free case evaluation, we will review your case and let you know what to expect.
You may be entitled to any of the following damages:
- Current and future medical costs;
- Time away from work;
- Emergency transportation costs;
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress;
- Permanent scarring or complications.
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