Chorioamnionitis: A Cause of Serious Injuries to the Mother and Child

Santa Fe medical malpractice attorney explains Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection of the chorion, the amnion membranes (the placental tissues) and the amniotic fluid. Essentially, the tissues surrounding the fetus and the fluid in which the fetus is suspended become infected by bacteria that travel from the mother's urogenital tract up to the uterus. Here is how Chorioamnionitis lawyer Richard A. "Rick" Sandoval describes this condition to his  Santa Fe medical malpractice clients:


Common symptoms include: fever; sweating; rapid heartbeat; tender uterus; and a foul-smelling vaginal discharge. The fetus also may have an increased heart rate.


Chorioamnionitis generally is diagnosed based on a physical examination of the mother and a clinical evaluation of the symptoms described above. A blood test, to check for bacteria, also might be ordered. Amniocentesis (testing of the amniotic fluid), likewise, may be helpful in diagnosing this condition.


Antibiotics will cure the infection in the mother, but the only real treatment for chorioamnionitis is to deliver the fetus. The newborn also may be given antibiotics to prevent complications.


If the infection is not treated, the mother may develop complications, including pelvic infection; pelvic blood clots; blood clots in the lungs; and endometriosis, an infection of the lining of the uterus. puts the newborn at heightened risk for sepsis (a blood infection) and meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord).

Chorioamnionitis in birth injury Litigation

At the Sandoval Firm, Hospital attorneys have attempted to use a mothers diagnosis of Chorioamnionitis during labor and delivery as a legal defense by claiming there was a natural cause of a child's permanent brain injury. However, through the use of highly qualified medical experts in the field of placental pathology and pediatric neuro-radiology, we were able to overcome this defense.

Contact Santa Fe medical malpractice attorney, Richard "Rick" Sandoval

If you or your baby developed complications related to chorioamnionitis, you may be entitled to compensation. A knowledgeable and compassionate Santa Fe medical malpractice attorney may be able to help. If you would like to meet with me to discuss your legal options, call 505.795.7790or 1-866-BEST LAWYER (1-866-237-8529)to schedule a free initial consultation.

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