Placental Risk Lawyers in Seattle
Did an Undiagnosed or Untreated Problem Cause Your Baby’s Injury?
Pregnancy and the birth of a child are nothing short of a miracle. Sadly, there are times when health complications arise, and medical professionals must act quickly to save the mother and unborn child. However, there are some occasions when healthcare providers fail to act in a professional and prudent matter. In these cases, birth injuries are not uncommon.
If your child suffered a birth injury as a result of doctors mishandling a placental complication, you need the assistance of the birth injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Call today at toll-free (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation to learn about your rights and the compensation your family could receive to assist you through this tough time.
Your Child’s Lifeline
The placenta is a critical organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy. The purpose of this organ is to provide the baby with oxygen and nutrients necessary for development while also removing waste from the baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of the uterus and forms the baby’s umbilical cord. When the placenta does not form correctly, the outcome can be life-threatening to both the mother and the baby.
Placental Risk Factors
There are certain factors that are known to increase the risk for placental complications. In the event that the mother meets any of these criteria, her doctor should be monitoring her closely throughout the pregnancy for any signs of placental conditions. Some risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- History of placental problems
- Maternal blood-clotting disorders
- Maternal substance abuse
- Maternal age over 40
- Abdominal trauma such as a fall or blunt trauma injury
- Previous uterine surgery
This condition occurs when the placenta attaches too low on the wall of the uterus and partially or completely blocks the cervix. Placenta previa occurs in about 1 in 200 women and may resolve itself during the pregnancy. However, if the condition is not resolved, there is an increased risk of placental tearing, fetal infection, and preterm labor. In most cases, the doctor will determine a cesarean delivery is required for a safe delivery.
When the placenta separates partially or completely from the uterine wall before the baby is born, it is known as placental abruption. Abruption occurs in about 1 in 100 pregnancies. This condition causes high rates of premature delivery and is the leading cause of fetal and newborn death. The mother may experience vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or continuous contractions, and there may be noticeable abnormalities in the fetal heart rate. Medical professionals must act in quickly to protect the health of the mother and child.
Placental insufficiency occurs when the placenta is not functioning properly and is not supplying the baby with enough oxygen and nutrition. It occurs in around 1 in 300 pregnancies and often results in a baby’s low birth weight. Mothers might notice less fetal movement than normal, and have a smaller uterus. There is little in the way of treatment for this condition, but doctors should recommend frequent office exams as well as education on self-monitoring for symptoms and additional issues. Bed rest, steroid injections, and a consultation with a specialist are often recommended to allow the pregnancy to progress as long as possible for added fetal development.
After a Birth Injury, Speak to a Compassionate Attorney
High-risk pregnancies require additional monitoring to ensure that the baby is healthy. If you experienced poor care during pregnancy, misdiagnosis, or you or your child suffered injuries due to improper care during delivery, you might be eligible for compensation. Birth injuries can have a lifelong impact on both mother and child, resulting in extensive medical bills and other financial difficulties.
Contact the Seattle birth injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., to learn more about your rights and the rights of your child. Call toll-free (888) 228-3860 to schedule a free consultation. Our compassionate team understands the emotional stress of this situation and is here to help you obtain the compensation that you and your child deserve.
- Placenta Previa - Mayo Clinic
- Placental Abruption: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Prevention
- Placental Insufficiency: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia