Although the birth of a baby should be a joyous occasion, there are some birth injuries that could result from a placental abruption.
A placental abruption results in the baby not being able to receive enough oxygen before delivery. The placenta is normally delivered after the baby is born but will sometimes separate from the wall of the uterus, which is when the abruption takes place.
The baby not only has a lack of oxygen, but there is a lack of nutrients and blood getting to the baby as well. This is considered an emergency and any indications of an abruption should be met with the immediate delivery of the baby.
Seizure disorders are a common injury as a result of an abruption. Cerebral palsy is also a very common injury that results after an abruption occurs. The severity of the injury is often determined by how long the baby is without oxygen and if there are any other issues along with the abruption.
Permanent brain damage can occur as well. This means that the baby might require oxygen for the first weeks or months of life or for as long as the baby survives.
Even if the time frame for the baby being without oxygen is minimal, developmental delays could still be an issue. The baby might not be able to crawl, walk, or talk as soon as other babies who are the same age. Therapy could be needed once the baby is a little older.
Learning disabilities could also present after a placental abruption. These disabilities likely won't begin to appear until the baby is older and begins to try to read, write, learn colors and numbers, or tries to do other things that relate to education.
If your baby is injured because of a placental abruption, contact our Baltimore birth injury lawyers at Brown & Barron for a consultation to find out about the rights that you have.
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