Placental Abruption Medical Malpractice Attorneys in NEPA

Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorney Servicing the Wilkes-Barre Area

Medical error during an emergency c-section can cause catastrophic birth injuries leading to cerebral palsy or other serious condition. We have helped families in Luzerne, Lackawanna and surrounding counties recover over $40,000,000 for victims of birth injury medical malpractice or other medical negligence. If you experience a placental abruption that causes physical and mental damage to you or your child and your doctor did not warn you about the possible risks, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Experienced Placental Abruption Lawyers

About 1% of pregnant women will experience placental abruption. Prior to the birth of a child, the placenta may separate from the uterus. The placental separation can be total or partial. This may result in a deprivation of oxygen to the infant placing the infant at risk for conditions and injuries which can last a lifetime. Placental abruption can even cause the death of the infant.

If diagnosed and treated properly, sometimes the consequences of placental abruption can be avoided. If you believe you or your child suffered an injury due to medical error when diagnosing or treating a placental abruption, have your case investigated by Latona Law’s birth injury attorneys.

There are often multiple placental abruption causes, all of which can be avoided with proper medical care. Call 570-825-9000 to speak with our Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys and medical malpractice experts about your case.

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Signs of Placental Abruption

Spotting the signs of placental abruption may be tough, especially if they occur in the third trimester of pregnancy. In this instance, it’s easy to feel powerless to help your baby or avoid any possible long-term effects. The most common signs of placental abruption, include vaginal bleeding (80% of cases), uterine tenderness, and abdominal pain. Of course, some of these can be symptoms can be confused with other symptoms of an otherwise normal pregnancy.

Just because you are unable to spot the signs of a placental abruption before it’s too late does not mean you are at fault or that a medical provider is not liable if they caused it. If you suspect that the cause of your placental abruption is a result of medical negligence or malpractice by a licensed healthcare professional, then it’s time to call a team of attorneys who specialize in placental abruption cases.

In most cases, a medical professional should able to spot the signs of placental abruption or potential for one early in a pregnancy. If your child suffers long-term damage or death as a result of a placental abruption then you are entitled to compensation and justice.

 Cerebral Palsy Due To Placental Abruption

A placental abruption will cause an infant to lose oxygen.  A lack of oxygen may cause a brain injury which leads to Cerebral Palsy.  In addition, a stressful or traumatic delivery, labor which has gone far too long, the failure to perform a timely or emergency C-section can cause a brain injury or a brain injury resulting in Cerebral Palsy.

Every birth injury deserves to be investigated.

Common Medical Errors That Cause Cerebral Palsy

While cerebral palsy is not usually preventable, there are situations where it may have been prevented. Doctors, nurses, or other caregivers may not have properly identified, monitored, or treated symptoms late in the pregnancy, during delivery, or while the baby was still at the hospital.

  • Leaving a child in the birth canal too long causing a lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Lack of recognition and treatment of seizures following delivery
  • Failure to detect a prolapsed cord
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • Failure to perform a C-section in the presence of fetal distress
  • Not responding to changes in the fetal heart rate
  • When risk factors are present, did not adjust or plan for a c-section.
  • Failure to timely diagnose and treat jaundice, sepsis and meningitis

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that appear early in childhood. These disorders can range from mild to severe and mostly affect motor coordination and muscle movement. Cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the brain and can be manifested both physically and intellectually.

Physical impairments may include movement, balance and posture. Legs, arms and facial muscles may be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level.

    Cerebral Palsy Signs and Symptoms

    Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

    Physical impairments may include movement, balance, and posture. Legs, arms, and facial muscles may also be affected. All or some of the limbs may be involved. Furthermore, intellectual impairments may include an inability to think or learn at an age appropriate level. Most often, injury to the child’s brain occurs during pregnancy, during childbirth, or shortly after childbirth. As a result, speech, reading, writing, and communication can also be affected. Also, seizures, vision and hearing, eating and developmental delays are also common. Finally, movement, balance, and posture are also often affected by cerebral palsy.


    Signs of Cerebral Palsy

    Speech delays
    Delayed milestones
    Problems with muscle tone
    Intellectual disabilities
    Involuntary movements or tremors
    Lack of muscle coordination (ataxia)
    Difficulty with sucking or eating
    And others