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Placental Abruption Compensation
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
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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,
How can clinical negligence occur in the treatment of placental abruption?
You may have been a victim of clinical negligence if
- 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
How I pursue a claim for placental abruption?
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
Chambers 2018 says, Lesley Herbertson “has recently handled a delay of
Gill Edwards is described as being
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
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
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.
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If you think you might be entitled to compensation, call us on 0800 027 2557. You can also arrange for us to get in touch with you by completing the online contact form on the side of this page or on our contact page. If you have someone specific in mind that you would like to speak to, visit their profile on our people page.
What are the common causes of placental abruptions?
- 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
What are the 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.
This is a surgical procedure which can be either unilateral or bilateral.
Unilateral is where the
The reasons for this surgery to be performed is usually to treat forms of
This procedure may also be done to treat endometriosis as well as if a woman has been diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.
Salpingo-oophorectomy is considered major surgery if performed through an abdominal incision and would require three to six weeks to fully recover.
However, if the procedure if performed laparoscopically, the recovery time can be much shorter.
Immediately following the operation, sharply flexing the thighs or the knees should be avoided.
And if the patient suffers with persistent back pain or blood in the urine then it may indicate that a
Other complications, as with most major surgeries, can include infection,
Complications after a salpingo-oophorectomy, however, can include changes in sex drive, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms if both ovaries are removed.
In general, studies have shown that the complication rate following salpingo-oophorectomy is essentially the same as that following hysterectomy.
Amniotic Membrane Transplantation (AMT)
What is the amniotic membrane?
The amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of the placenta and can be used as a graft or dressing in a range of different surgical procedures, typically involving the eye. It is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring effects.
What is amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT)?
This describes the surgery performed in which the amniotic membrane is used as a graft or as a dressing.
In ophthalmology, AMT has been used in the revision of scars in the eye and also correcting defects following the removal of
Generally, the amniotic membrane is obtained through donors, who have been screened for diseases such as HIV, undergoing a caesarean section.
Surgeons clean the placenta with a mixture of salt solution, penicillin and other ingredients. The amnion is separated through sterile dissection and stored in a glycerol solution.