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New Jersey Placental Abruption Lawyers

New Jersey couples who are expecting a baby are usually very excited for the new addition to their family. But occasionally an obstetrical complication occurs that can cause potential injury to both the mother and baby. One such complication is a Placental Abruption.

Placental Abruption is the separation of the placenta from the wall of the mother’s uterus during pregnancy. The placenta is the organ that links the baby to the mother. It provides the baby with nourishment and oxygen and removes waste from the baby while it is inside the mother. The placenta also protects the fetus from infections. Generally the placenta stays attached to the uterus until the baby is born; then the placenta is delivered post birth. If a partial or full placental abruption occurs, then the baby can suffer from lack of oxygen and nutrients. The mother can suffer from excessive bleeding.

Medical research shows that placental abruption occurs in 9 of every 1,000 pregnancies. Generally it occurs in the third trimester but may show up as early as the 20th week. In order to diagnose a placental abruption, a doctor will typically conduct an examination to check the uterus and perform blood tests and ultrasounds, even though not all placental abruptions are detectable via ultrasound. If an abruption occurs before a baby is 34 weeks, the mother will be closely monitored and placed on bedrest if the situation appears to be mild. If the baby is after 34 weeks or close to full term, then the baby is usually delivered vaginally, if the abruption appears to be mild, or, if necessary, via a C-section.

Symptoms may include:

• Vaginal bleeding (light to severe)
• Uterine tenderness
• Frequent contractions or signs of early labor
• Abdominal pain
• Back pain
• Fetal heart rate abnormalities

The exact causes of a Placental Abruption are difficult to determine. However, a traumatic injury to the mother’s abdomen (a car accident or direct blow) and the severe loss of amniotic fluid between the births of multiple babies have been linked to placental abruption.

Risk factors may be:

• High blood pressure
• Cigarette smoking
• Drug use
• Blood clotting disorders
• Diabetes
• Previous Placental Abruptions
• Large number of past pregnancies
• Over 40 years of age
• Multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.)
• Scar tissue on the uterine wall

If you feel that you or a family member has suffered an injury or death as a result of a failure to diagnose a Placental Abruption, failure to timely diagnose a Placental Abruption, or failure to properly treat or manage a Placental Abruption, contact our medical malpractice attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. They can review medical records and help try to determine what happened to cause the injury to the baby and the mom. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. For a free no obligation consultation, simply contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817