Preeclampsia is a serious condition that affects between 2 and 8% of pregnancies around the globe, according to March of Dimes. It also accounts for 15% of premature births in the United States. (The single most effective way to treat preeclampsia is to deliver the baby prematurely.) When left untreated, preeclampsia can cause serious injury to the mother and child alike, especially if it progresses into eclampsia.
Per the Mayo Clinic, most women develop preeclampsia about 20 weeks into pregnancy. It is hallmarked by high blood pressure, including in women who previously had normal blood pressure, and organ damage. Typically, the liver and kidneys are damaged. If your medical provider failed to recognize and/or treat preeclampsia, you are likely entitled to monetary damages for your injuries.
At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., our knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale preeclampsia attorneys advocate for families harmed by negligence. The wounds left by a birth injury are never skin deep—preeclampsia, for example, can wreak havoc on a person’s physical and mental health, while also leaving them with a mountain of debt. We will fight tirelessly to secure the recovery you need. Often, that involves answers, closure, and financial compensation for what happened.
Although there are many risk factors (from chronic hypertension to migraines, diabetes, and more), doctors do not know exactly why preeclampsia occurs. This makes it all the more important for them to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. Only then can they treat it quickly and properly.
The Primary Symptom of Preeclampsia Is High Blood Pressure. Other Symptoms Include:
- High levels of protein in the urine, or proteinuria
- Decreased output of urine
- Severe headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Vision changes, from vision loss to light sensitivity
- Shortness of breath
- Poor liver and/or kidney function
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Not all cases of preeclampsia warrant a legal claim. Sadly, the worst can happen even when preeclampsia is detected early on and treated properly. The law only grants Florida residents the right to file for compensation if medical malpractice directly caused a preeclampsia injury. In other words, the attending physician, OB-GYN, nurse, or other medical provider must have been negligent in some way.
Examples of Malpractice in Preeclampsia Cases Include:
- Ignoring the mother’s symptoms
- Ignoring the mother’s medical history
- Failing to order proper tests, screenings, etc.
- Delaying necessary treatment
- Negligent errors made during treatment
These are only a few examples. If you have reason to believe that your or your child’s injury could have been avoided had you gone to another medical provider, we urge you to call our Fort Lauderdale preeclampsia lawyers at (954) 467-8800.
Common Complications of Preeclampsia
The complications of preeclampsia can be life-threatening. As such, infant and maternal death may occur.
When Medical Negligence Delays Preeclampsia Treatment, the Mother or Her Child Will Likely Suffer Complications Such As:
- Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count (HELLP) syndrome, which is essentially preeclampsia but more severe
- Eclampsia, which is a condition in which the mother starts to experience seizures on top of preeclampsia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Internal organ damage
- Fetal growth restriction
- Preterm birth and related injuries
Fighting for Compensation and Accountability
At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale legal team can help with all types of preeclampsia cases. With over 60 years of experience, we will approach your case with compassion, integrity, and professionalism. We take every case personally because we genuinely care about getting clients the results they need.
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