A father of three newborn triplets sues the hospital where his wife died during labor. WWMT News reported on the medical malpractice lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the doctors were aware that the mother had a placenta condition that caused massive bleeding. The father of the newborns claims that the doctors were negligent because they failed to have enough blood during the cesarean section, causing his wife’s death.
The placenta is a structure that develops inside the uterus during pregnancy. The placenta supplies the unborn baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood. According to the March of Dimes Foundation, there are a variety of placental problems that can cause complications during the second half of pregnancy.
One type of placenta condition is a placental abruption. This occurs when the placenta peels away from the uterine wall before birth. Severe cases can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients. The main symptom of placental abruption is vaginal bleeding. Last year, a mother with placental abruption was awarded $1.4 million in her birth injury case.
The position of the mother’s placenta can also cause complications during pregnancy. A placenta previa is a low-lying placenta that can block the baby’s exit from the uterus. This position can cause the placenta to bleed during labor and birth. In some cases the bleeding can be severe, which can be dangerous to the mother and her baby.
It is important for doctors to properly examine an expecting mother, diagnose conditions and execute a reliable treatment plan. Too often doctors skip necessary steps or fail to adequately prepare for a patient’s condition. Our Chicago attorneys at Levin & Perconti have experience handling birth injuries as a result of a doctor’s negligence. If you know a victim, please contact our Illinois birth injury attorneys today.