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Retained Placenta Claims

Normally, the whole of the placenta and all the membranes that surround a baby, should be delivered straight after the baby’s birth. 

If they are not, this can lead to bleeding and infection complications.

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What is retained placenta?

When parts of the placenta and membranes stay behind in the mother’s uterus (womb), it is referred to as ‘retained products of conception’ or ‘retained placenta.’

The midwives and obstetricians caring for mothers during childbirth know it is very important to check that all the products of conception are delivered. In serious cases, if the products are retained, the mother may need surgery to remove the products of conception.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to detect that a small part of the placenta has been retained in the uterus, particularly when the baby has been born via a vaginal delivery.

Can you make a claim?

If a baby is born via caesarean section (particularly if this wasn’t an emergency), doctors should carefully inspect the inside of the uterus. They should then detect and remove any retained products of conception.

If retained products are not detected and removed at caesarean section, this may be inexcusable and consequently, you may have a claim. We have successfully pursued this type of claim on many occasions and achieved substantial awards of compensation for our clients.

Birth-related injuries involve complex legal and medical issues. Therefore, it is important to consult with a specialist clinical negligence solicitor. Our specialist team includes a dual qualified doctor/solicitor. We can offer you professional and confidential advice at what is a very stressful and emotional time for the whole family.


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