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Placental Abruptions Claims
Placental abruptions if not properly managed can have a devastating impact on you and your family. You may be left with many questions about why mistakes were made by doctors and other medical professionals, or need help with care and support. That’s where Potter Rees Dolan can help.
Our team of expert clinical negligence solicitors is here to help you make a claim for the compensation you deserve. Compensation can help with care for your injured child or provide you with professional support if you have lost your baby. We’re known for handling sensitive cases with the utmost care.
Our highly regarded clinical negligence team is led by Helen Dolan, Lesley Herbertson and Gill Edwards, who all feature in the prestigious Legal 500 and Chambers guides. One of our guiding principles is to personalise our service for every single person we work with and put our clients first.
We’re here for you, and we’re ready to help you get the support your need. Call our sensitive and caring team on 0800 027 2557. Alternatively, fill out the contact form on this page, and a solicitor will get back to you at a time more suitable for you.
We have a proven track record of recovering substantial awards for placental abruption claims:
What is a placental abruption?
Placental abruption is where the placenta comes away from the inner wall of the uterus (womb) before your child is born. In the vast majority of cases, the placenta comes away at the edge of the uterus, which causes a very small amount of bleeding. However, in some exceptional cases, significant bleeding can occur. This can result in the placenta being partially or completely separated from the lining of the womb.
Placental abruption can be a serious condition for both mother and child. For the child, abruption can deprive the baby of essential oxygen and nutrients, which could result in brain injuries or death. For the mother, larger bleeds can put her life at risk
Causes of placental abruptions
it is not clear why some expectant mothers may have a placental abruption. However, there are some known factors that may increase the risk:
- Placental abruption in a previous pregnancy
- Caesarean section in a previous pregnancy
- Two or more concurrent miscarriages
- Excessive amniotic fluid
- High blood pressure
- Trauma to the abdomen
- Smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs
- Forty years and over, as the risk increases with age
You may have been a victim of clinical negligence if mistakes made by healthcare professionals have caused them to miss or incorrectly manage a placental abruption. Some examples of negligence involving a placental abruption include:
- Failure to diagnose placental abruption
- Delaying, or failing to perform, a caesarean section when one is needed
- Failure to carefully monitor an early pregnancy if placental abruption is suspected
Possible complications of placental abruption
It is imperative to receive treatment swiftly if you suffer from a placental abruption. Delays in treatment can cause complications for both mother and child and, in some cases, delays can have fatal consequences. Examples of complications include:
- Excessive blood loss, leading to shock, collapse and injury
- Closed cervix, leading to emergency caesarean section
- Brain damage to the newborn child, including cerebral palsy
- Emergency hysterectomy
- Death of mother and/or child.
How we can help
Potter Rees Dolan’s clinical negligence team has earned a reputation as one of the very best in the UK. Boasting a combined experience in serious injury law of over 60 years and comprehensive medical insight, the team has an unwavering dedication to help families recover the compensation they deserve.
About Helen Dolan, head of the department, Chambers 2018 says: “Helen is scrupulous in her preparation and organisation, highly experienced, and her knowledge and insight was extremely reassuring.”
Chambers 2018 says, Lesley Herbertson “has recently handled a delay of treatment case concerning cauda equina. She has additional capabilities in assisting with failings in district nursing and delays in diagnosis leading to brain injuries.”
Gill Edwards is described as being and "exceptionally good solicitor" and garners praise from a client who says: "The way that she helped me is amazing. She is fantastic.”
About our clinical negligence team, our clients are quoted in Chambers 2018 saying: "it was the personal attention we received, the knowledge of the specific needs and future hopes of the claimant, and consideration for our family life that made the firm the right match for us."
Our clients tell us that it is the empathy and care with which we act that sets us apart. We specialise in serious and catastrophic injuries, so we know how difficult it can be to live with severe disability. It is our aim therefore, to make the claim process as stress-free for you and your family as we can.
Most clinical negligence cases are funded on the basis of a “no win, no fee” agreement, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. We can investigate your potential claim and you will not have to pay us a penny if your case is not successful. We will explain how a Conditional Fee Agreement works at our very first meeting.
You may already have a legal expense insurance policy. In the first instance, we’ll always start by investigating whether you can use the same policy for your case, before we consider whether a Conditional Fee Agreement is more appropriate.
What happens next?
First, we will discuss your circumstances in detail and help you understand whether or not you have a case. If you do, we will help you gather all of the necessary evidence to build a strong case. We do this to make sure that we give you the best chance of success and to recover the right amount of compensation.
Your medical records are our first point of call - we will obtain them and go through them with you in depth. We will then instruct independent experts to advise whether or not you or your family member has received substandard treatment.
Once we have positive expert evidence in support of your claim, we will start court proceedings. We will progress the claim as quickly as possible, whilst always exploring opportunities to adequately settle the case early if we can.
Where possible, we also work towards obtaining early interim awards. For those that have suffered through the devastating impact placental abruptions can have, interim awards can help with a lifetime of care for a child, care for the mother while she recovers from serious injury or funds to help improve access around the home as the child grows.