Placental Abruption Medical Malpractice Birth Injury
Placental abruption occurs when the placenta partially or fully detaches from the walls of the uterus during pregnancy. It is a serious condition, one that can result in severe bleeding in a mother or surrogate and which may cause oxygen deprivation that leads to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in an infant. HIE is a form of brain dysfunction caused by a reduction or lack of oxygen or blood flow to an infant’s brain (called birth asphyxia).1,2 Research has shown that placental abruption occurs in 1% of pregnancies.3
In some cases, placental abruption is due to a medical malpractice birth injury. A placental abruption medical malpractice birth injury may result due to the negligence of an obstetrician, midwife, nurse, medical technician, or other medical professional. Untreated or improperly treated high blood pressure, undetected or improperly diagnosed placental problems, and failure to alert a mother or surrogate about high risks are some of the potential causes of a placental abruption medical malpractice birth injury. Thorough monitoring by obstetricians, midwives, and specialists before and during a baby’s delivery can help to avoid catastrophic problems involving placental abruption.
Parents whose infants have suffered a provable placental abruption birth injury, as well as mothers and surrogates who have been victims of a birth injury due to provable medical malpractice negligence, not only seek valid answers to their many questions, but also useful direction and effective assistance. Selecting an expert lawyer or legal team is essential, not only to help ensure justice, but also to secure fair compensation. This is especially important in cases of long-term birth injuries due to ongoing costs for care. Richard “Bo” Sharp, Esq. and Mallard & Sharp, P.A.’s goal is to obtain justice for individuals and families who are victims of birth injury medical malpractice negligence, especially when such malpractice occurs during labor and delivery. This includes cases involving placental abruption medical malpractice birth injuries.
Mallard & Sharp, P.A. is dedicated to providing clients with the path to justice and financial recovery. The firm continually handles critical cases that involve birth injuries, medical malpractice, and negligent security, as well as any other acts of negligence that cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death to individuals.
For more information or to inquire about hiring expert legal representation for a potential birth injury medical malpractice negligence case, including a placental abruption medical malpractice birth injury, contact Mallard & Sharp, P.A. at 305-461-4800.
Sakornbut E, Leeman L, Fontaine P. Late pregnancy bleeding. Am Fam Physician. 2007 Apr 15;75(8):1199-206. PMID: 17477103.