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New York Placental Abruption

A placental abruption is a serious pregnancy complication that puts the baby at risk of suffering a serious birth injury. The placenta is attached to the wall of the uterus. It provides the baby with nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord. A placental abruption occurs when prior to delivery the placenta detaches from the uterus. When this happens, the baby will be deprived of nutrients and oxygen. Placenta abruption often leads to premature birth, and complications associated with prematurity. It can also lead to severe brain damage. If you believe that your doctor mishandled your placental abruption and as a result you or your baby seriously injured, the New York placental abruption lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates will review your medical records to determine if indeed negligence was involved. If your doctor was indeed negligent, we will vigorously fight for you to receive fair compensation to pay for the losses you suffered as a result of the negligence.

Symptoms and treatment of placental abruption

Symptoms of placental abruption include pain in abdominal area, back pain, continuous contractions, vaginal bleeding, low amniotic fluid, and the baby is not growing as quickly he or she should.

If the pregnancy is less than 34 weeks, the doctor will make an effort to avoid preterm labor. This may mean ordering bedrest. The doctor may also treat the mother with medication that will help the baby’s lungs develop quicker, in case preterm delivery is required. If the pregnancy is more than 34 weeks, then an immediate c-section delivery may be required.

Complications associated with placental abruptions include preterm delivery, permanent brain damage, HIE, cerebral palsy, and stillbirth.

Risk factors for placental abruption

There are risk factors of which your doctor should be aware. Understanding the risk factors will help the doctor monitor the mother and take immediate steps should a placental abruption occur.

  • History of placental abruptions
  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Use of cocaine during pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Oligohydramnios (deficiency in amniotic fluid)
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Multiple fetuses

If a mother has any of these risks factors and also complains of bleeding, continuous contractions, abdominal pain or about any other common symptoms of placental abruption, then the doctor should evaluate her right away for placental abruption.

Pursuing compensation for placental abruption

As an experienced New York placental abruption lawyer will explain, complications related to placental abruption are likely to be avoided with careful planning and treatment. If a mother has risk factors for placental abruption as well as symptoms, the doctor should immediately determine if she has placental abruption. If there is placental abruption, then the doctor should take steps to minimize injury to the mother and baby.

If your baby suffers a serious injury such a severe brain damage that could have been prevented if your doctor diagnosed and treated placental abruption in an appropriate manner, then you may have a claim against your doctor for medical malpractice. If you suspect medical malpractice, it is imperative that you contact a placental abruption attorney in New York right away to discuss your case. If you wait too long, you may forfeit you right to file a claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or your baby suffered a serious injury because your doctor mismanaged your placental abruption, you have the right to hold your doctor accountable through a medical malpractice claim. We have the knowledge, resources, and experienced to help. The placental abruption attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience representing clients who have suffered serious injuries due to medical negligence. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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