Preeclampsia

Birth Injuries: What Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition in which the mother experiences increases in high blood pressure. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious or fatal complications for both the mother and the baby.

Causes of Preeclampsia

Causes of preeclampsia include insufficient blood flow to the uterus, blood vessel damage, poor diet and problems with the immune system. Factors leading to the condition include age, obesity, a history of high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. While these are generally unavoidable, your doctor should recognize the risk factors and warn you of possible dangers.

Is There a Cure for Preeclampsia?

The only cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby, but if it is too early in the pregnancy, then the doctor must devise a strategy that will keep both mother and baby safe until an appropriate delivery date is reached. Mistakes made in regard to this strategy could be fatal, so it is important your doctor take extra precaution to ensure the best chance for a healthy baby and mother as possible.

Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Preeclampsia?

If you or your baby were harmed due a doctor’s negligent treatment of preeclampsia, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney skilled in handling birth injury cases can review your claim and inform you of your legal rights and options. Often, personal injury lawyers will evaluate your claim for free. If you do have a case, they may only charge attorney’s fees if you recover damages, so there is no obligation to seek legal counsel.

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References:
Mayo Clinic

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