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A Navy Hospital settled two Placental Abruption Cases with our lawyers on behalf of babies with serious birth injuries. Charlotte Carman, 37 weeks pregnant, sought care for heavy, sudden onset vaginal bleeding at the Labor and Delivery Emergency Room at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Mrs. Carman vomited twice, and was profusely bleeding and in pain, but the Naval Medical Center hospital desk personnel would not allow Mrs. Carman any medical care until a large amount of paperwork was completed to their satisfaction. Mrs. Carman informed the desk personnel that her husband had dropped her off emergently while he parked the car, that he was on hospital premises and en route, and that he could complete the necessary paperwork. She also informed the desk personnel that she had delivered three other children and this was not the same and something was terribly wrong. Yet she was refused any care for almost 20 minutes until she completed the paperwork. When Mrs. Carman was finally taken back to a room for evaluation, the initial fetal heart tracing showed fetal bradycardia, which is a dangerously low fetal heart rate that means the baby was in distress.  An emergency C-Section was performed and her son was born with a profound brain injury. 

The providers at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth was negligent in failing to recognize the obstetric emergency of placental abruption. The Navy settled the claim for $3,000,000, with clients receiving $2,322,359 and lifetime benefits for the child.

Michelle Holweger  was admitted to the Labor and Delivery Emergency Room at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in her third trimester with  severe lower abdominal cramping. Although the fetal heart monitor showed minimal to no variability in the fetal heart rate – a sign of ongoing fetal distress, over an hour and forty minutes went by without any intervention or investigation as to the cause of the non reassuring pattern. When Mrs. Holweger finally was given an emergency cesarean section, it was discovered that she had a complete placental abruption, which deprived her baby of oxygen and resulted in the baby suffering from severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The Navy settled her claim for $2,300,000, with the clients receiving $1,623,930 and lifetime benefits for the child.

Placental abruption occurs most often in the third trimester of pregnancy, especially in the last few weeks before birth. Classic signs and symptoms of placental abruption include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Uterine tenderness
  • Rapid contractions, one after another.

It is an obstetric emergency that requires a rapid, emergent c-section delivery to minimize the oxygen deprivation to the baby. If you or a loved one has suffered a placental abruption and providers failed to timely diagnose and treat this condition, please contact our law firm to talk with experienced attorneys who are familiar with this condition. Your family may be entitled to lifetime benefits and medical care.