Ruptured Placenta Compensation Claims

The placenta is an organ which is connected to the lining of the womb during pregnancy and is linked to an unborn baby through the umbilical cord. In some cases the placenta can detach during pregnancy and bleeding can consequently occur – this is known as a ruptured placenta.

If the mother and baby are not properly monitored during the delivery process and a ruptured placenta is not detected and dealt with appropriately, the mother may have grounds to make a ruptured placenta compensation claim.

Speak to the experienced clinical negligence team at JMW today. We regularly help parents and families make ruptured placenta claims. Call free on 0800 054 6512, or complete a contact form and we will be in touch to discuss your case on a no obligation basis.

Causes and symptoms of a ruptured placenta

There are many possible causes of a rupture, but the actual cause is often unknown. Hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking, multiple pregnancies and car accidents are all thought to be factors which can contribute to the condition.

The most common symptoms of a ruptured placenta birth injury include vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, thirst, fainting, blood in the amniotic fluid and decreased foetal movement. Sometimes a ruptured placenta is not diagnosed until after delivery, when clotted blood is found behind the placenta.


There is no way of halting the rupture and treatment of the woman involved depends on how much she is bleeding and the physical condition of her unborn baby. An immediate blood transfusion may be required if severe blood loss has occurred.

In the event that a woman does have a ruptured placenta, a clotting test should be carried out to establish the clotting ability of the patient. Failure of a clot to form after seven minutes or a soft clot which breaks down easily can indicate coagulopathy – a condition in which the blood's ability to clot is impaired.

Make a Claim

Having a baby should be an extremely joyous time in a woman's life, but in the event of a birth injury which occurs during the delivery process parents may feel that medical negligence has taken place on the part of the attending obstetrician or other medical staff.

If you have suffered a ruptured placenta, and it can be proved that medical negligence has occurred, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with birth injury claims and have achieved an excellent success rate.

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