What is placenta previa?
Placenta previa occurs when the placenta fails to attach itself high enough in the expecting mother's uterus. With placenta previa, the placenta often attaches itself near or on top of the cervix at the bottom of the mother's uterus.
The dangers of placenta previa
Placenta previa can become dangerous to the mother and the baby when the mother's body begins to prepare for delivery. As the mother's cervix begins to open, the part of the placenta that covers the cervix will detach itself. This can trigger vaginal bleeding, ultimately putting the life of the mother and the baby at risk.
When placenta previa is not monitored properly
A mother with any degree of placenta previa should be closely monitored by doctors and medical staff throughout the entire pregnancy. A lack of careful monitoring can lead to a medical malpractice mistake and injury.
When this occurs, you might be able to hold the doctor, medical team, and hospital liable for your damages.
If you or someone you know has sustained a medical malpractice injury resulting from placenta previa, you should contact one of our experienced Northern Kentucky medical malpractice attorneys at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.