When Preeclampsia Harms A Mother And Baby
Prenatal care should include thorough screening and monitoring of the expectant mother. Obstetricians who follow accepted standards of care watch for signs of hazardous conditions and advise and treat their patients accordingly.
If you or your newborn suffered harm because of your undiagnosed or untreated preeclampsia, your prenatal doctor or clinic may have contributed to the birth injury through negligence, the attorneys at Vincent J. DeSalvo, Attorney at Law represent children and families in such cases. We are available to evaluate your potential birth injury claim if your newborn suffered any of these complications because of maternal preeclampsia:
- Kidney or liver malfunction
- Blood clotting
- Pulmonary edema
- Low weight
- Premature birth
Sometimes a cesarean section (C-section) is one way to prevent the worst outcomes when preeclampsia is present. If your OB-GYN did not order a C-section in a timely manner when preeclampsia indicated a need for it, you may have a birth injury claim on this basis.
Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that sometimes occurs during the second half of pregnancy. Primary symptoms typically include high blood pressure and high protein in the mother’s urine. Pregnant women with hypertension or gestational hypertension often develop the more serious condition of preeclampsia. With proper monitoring and treatment, many women with preeclampsia give birth to healthy babies. Without appropriate monitoring and care, however, both the baby and the mother may be harmed.
About Your Baby’s Injuries
Any of the above-listed complications caused by the mother’s preeclampsia may mean your baby will need extensive medical care and treatment. He or she may face hospitalizations and long-lasting effects such as learning disabilities.
About Maternity Complications
If you are a pregnant woman or a new mother who gave birth while suffering from preeclampsia, you may be left with ongoing health issues such as hypertension, heart disease or susceptibility to strokes. You may be at risk of premature death during or after labor and delivery.
Your Potential Birth Injury Lawsuit
Our firm is prepared to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case. If you choose to work with us, we will enlist the help of medical experts as necessary. If the facts indicate that you have a valid claim, our lawyers are ready to make a compelling case for the compensation you need through a birth injury claim or lawsuit. With a well-documented claim, your case may settle in pretrial negotiations or it may go to trial. We have a great deal of experience and a strong track record of success in both routes to recovery of compensation for past clients.