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The anticipation of a new baby brings both joy and… great fear. Things can go wrong during a pregnancy and sometimes the results can be devastating.

A placental abruption is not cause for malpractice. However, a failure to diagnose or treat a placental abruption is grounds for malpractice. If you or your family member suffered from a placental abruption, please contact us today. Our experienced birth trauma attorneys will look into your case and determine if someone is responsible for your pain and suffering.

Let us fight for you. Experience counts—we know what to do, how to do it, and the resources to get it done.

Placental Abruption: Birth Injury for the Mother & the Child

During pregnancy, a placenta develops and connects the fetus to the uterine wall. The placenta is important because, during pregnancy, it develops to provide oxygen, nutrition, and waste removal for the growing baby.

In the case of placental abruption, the placenta can become separated from the wall of the uterus prematurely, putting both the baby’s and the mother’s health and lives at risk. The mother can begin to hemorrhage and potentially bleed to death.

For the baby, placental abruption means a loss of oxygen and nutrition. In cases of complete placental abruption, the baby will stop receiving oxygen entirely. In these situations, the baby must be delivered immediately.

Failure to deliver a baby quickly after a placental abruption can cause several severe medical conditions including:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Motor disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Microcephaly
  • Periventricular leukomalacia
  • Stroke
  • Death


There are a number of conditions and risk factors that have been linked to placental abruption, including:

  • Preeclampsia or high blood pressure
  • Trauma during labor
  • Accidental puncture as the result of an amniocentesis
  • Chorioamnionitis, which is an affection of the placenta membranes (chlorion, amnion) and the amniotic fluid
  • A previous placental abruption
  • Age of the mother (under 20 or over 35)
  • Male baby

Placental abruptions can also occur as the result of a car accident, a fall, or a blow to the abdomen. In some cases, the cause of the abruption is simply unknown.

In many cases, placental abruption occurs with no warning. However, if any of the following occur, you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Severe back pain
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Rapid uterine contractions

We won’t settle with your future. We’ll fight for you—and we will win!

Securing Hundreds of Millions for Birth Injury Victims

For over 30 years, the placental abruption experts at Fieger Law have fought for victims’ rights. If you or your family member suffered from a placental abruption, Geoffrey Fieger and his team of expert attorneys at Fieger Law can help. We have changed the lives of families all over the United States from our Southfield office. Contact Michigan’s top law firm specializing in placental abruption malpractice cases today.

Call 1-800-A-WINNER or tell us about your case using our online form. We will review your case for free, and help you determine the best step for you.

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