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Is a Retained Placenta Medical Negligence?

by The Beasley Firm  |  July 20, 2023  |  

When You Should File a Claim for a Retained Placenta

After a baby is born, the placenta must be expelled from a woman’s body. If the placenta is not properly expelled, it can cause serious harm to a mother. A placenta that has not been removed is called a retained placenta. In some cases, it is medical negligence that causes the placenta to remain intact. If you were diagnosed with a retained placenta, you need to speak with an attorney.

At The Beasley Firm, LLC, our lawyers represent individuals who have suffered unimaginable harm as a result of medical negligence and malpractice. When a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional provides substandard care, they must be held responsible. Retained placentas are extremely dangerous and can cause serious complications. 

If you had a retained placenta after labor and delivery, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Is a Retained Placenta?

A retained placenta is a medical diagnosis when the placenta is not fully delivered after the birth of a child. In many cases, a placenta is naturally expelled from a woman’s body through the labor and delivery process. 

However, in some instances, medical intervention is required to ensure that the placenta properly detaches and expels. When a medical provider fails to ensure that the placenta is completely removed, it may amount to medical negligence. 

What Causes a Retained Placenta?

A retained placenta is often present when a baby is delivered prematurely or when there is more than one placenta, such as in the case of multiples. It is also more likely to occur if a woman had a stillborn fetus or had a long, difficult labor. The main reason for a placenta is that there are not enough contractions.

The retention of a placenta may be the result of natural causes, but it can also be the result of medical negligence. It is important to consult with a medical malpractice attorney to determine whether you have a valid claim for damages against a healthcare provider for your retained placenta. 

Is a Retained Placenta the Result of Medical Negligence?

While not in every case, it is possible that a retained placenta is the result of medical negligence. Doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers have a duty to provide a reasonable standard of care. If you were provided substandard care, you might be entitled to compensation for any related harm. 

Medical negligence may include failing to diagnose or treat the condition, improper monitoring, or a lack of experience. Retained placentas can be extremely serious, potentially requiring surgery to correct. 

What Are the Dangers of a Retained Placenta?

Left undiagnosed or untreated, retained placentas can cause substantial harm. The retention of a placenta in the body can cause heavy bleeding or hemorrhaging, infections, infection, and clots.  

Did You Suffer a Retained Placenta? Contact Our Office. 

Were you diagnosed with a retained placenta after giving birth? Contact our office at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. There are never any fees unless we win. Call now to speak directly with a member of our experienced legal team.

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