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Placental Abruption: Birth Injury for the Mother & the Child

During pregnancy, a placenta develops and connects the fetus to the uterine wall. It is important because, during pregnancy, it provides 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. Mothers who suffer from this condition 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, it 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 several conditions and risk factors 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

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For over 70 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.