New York Birth Injury Lawyer Discusses the Causes and Symptoms of Placental Abruption

Many pregnancy complications occur in the first half of pregnancy. Placental abruption* is not one of those complications. Generally, placental abruption is a medical emergency that occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus, depriving the baby of oxygen and nutrients and causing significant and dangerous bleeding for the mother.

As a New York birth injury attorney I believe it is important to understand the potential causes and symptoms of placental abruption so you can seek immediate medical attention and potentially save your life and your child's.

Potential Causes of Placental Abruption

Many times the exact cause of a placental abruption is unknown. However, there are some circumstances your doctor should recognize that put you at an increased risk of placental abruption and for which you should be closely monitored.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those circumstances include:
  • A trauma or physical injury (such as a New York car accident or slip and fall)
  • A short umbilical cord (which often can be detected in an ultrasound)
  • A rapid loss of amniotic fluid (which also may be able to be detected in an ultrasound)

Symptoms of a Possible Placental Abruption

If you are at risk of placental abruption because of any of the potential causes described above, or if you have any of the following symptoms, then you should seek emergency medical care. Potential symptoms of placental abruption include:
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Rapid contractions

If you or your child has been hurt by a placental abruption, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. Contact a New York birth injury lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 and find out more about your rights and potential recovery.

*Source: Mayo Clinic, Placental Abruption Page

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