One of the most dangerous complications that can occur during pregnancy is preeclampsia. When patients show signs of increased blood pressure or protein in their urine, doctors need to take precautionary measures. If physicians and midwives do not recognize the symptoms of preeclampsia in time to deliver treatment, both the mother and baby can suffer serious health complications.
A Shelton preeclampsia lawyer could work diligently to hold a negligent medical provider accountable for their mistakes. Our experienced birth injury attorneys are here to guide your family through the legal process and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Preeclampsia is a serious and well-known pregnancy complication, and it is often first characterized by increased blood pressure. The condition usually develops after the midpoint of pregnancy. Because preeclampsia is so well-recognized in the medical community, doctors and midwives usually check a mother’s blood pressure levels at every prenatal appointment. Obstetricians typically take note of even slight increases in blood pressure and often require patients to make some changes or be on bed rest to regulate their blood pressure.
In addition to rises in blood pressure, preeclampsia often manifests in the following symptoms and signs:
If a patient presents with high blood pressure combined with any of the other symptoms, their medical team should act quickly. Although doctors can order increased prenatal visits for closer monitoring, bedrest, anti-seizure medications, changes in diet to reduce sodium intake, and other treatments, the only real cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby as soon as possible. If a medical team fails to identify preeclampsia, the condition could develop into eclampsia, and the mother could have a seizure, putting the mother and baby at risk of severe brain injuries or death.
A Shelton attorney understands how traumatic this is and can help a family pursue financial damages that could cover their medical expenses, caregiver costs, and other expenses. In the tragic event of a loss of life due to eclampsia, a compassionate lawyer can help surviving family members fight for justice in a wrongful death claim.
When medical providers fail to promptly diagnose preeclampsia or eclampsia, life-threatening health complications can occur. Often, a failure to diagnose happens because of a breakdown in communication. Sometimes, the medical providers involved in a patient’s care fail to communicate with each other. For instance, a medical technician might note an increase in blood pressure at a prenatal visit but forget to input that information in the patient’s medical chart. A lab technician might run a test for protein in the urine but fail to promptly send the results to the patient’s doctor.
A skilled Shelton attorney can review the patient’s medical charts and notes from the prenatal visits in order to get a better understanding of how the patient’s medical team failed to recognize and treat the symptoms of preeclampsia. From there, a legal professional can take the necessary steps to hold the negligent provider legally and financially accountable.
Preeclampsia is a well-recognized pregnancy complication. Doctors have access to routine tests to screen for this condition. Obstetricians, nurses, midwives, and other medical providers who fail to recognize the symptoms of preeclampsia put the lives of both mothers and babies at risk.
If you believe your medical practitioner failed to identify preeclampsia, which resulted in a mother or baby suffering serious health consequences, your family might have grounds to file a lawsuit. A Shelton preeclampsia lawyer can work with your family to get justice for your losses. Contact us at Berkowitz Hanna today to get started.