Preeclampsia is a medical condition that only affects pregnant women. It occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure, usually after about 20 weeks of pregnancy. There is currently no confirmed treatment for preeclampsia. Also referred to as pregnancy-induced hypertension, it is triggered by pregnancy and will typically resolve after the baby is delivered. For this reason, an early delivery by C-section or induction is recommended.
If preeclampsia is not diagnosed or is mismanaged, the lives of mother and baby are at risk. Your doctor should always be on the lookout for symptoms of preeclampsia, which may include:
- High blood pressure
- Protein in the urine
- Severe headaches
- Swelling of the ankles, hands, and face (edema)
- Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid weight gain caused by increased bodily fluid
If you or someone you love suffered harm because preeclampsia was not diagnosed or was mistreated, call Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione at (440) 220-4439. We can help you seek justice.
Complications Caused by Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia can cause serious and life-threatening complications for mother and baby:
- A pregnant woman may be at risk of experiencing seizures, organ failure, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and central nervous system issues.
- A developing fetus may be at risk of suffering brain damage from decreased blood flow or may face heart or lung problems from a premature delivery.
There’s No Excuse for Preeclampsia Mismanagement
Preeclampsia is typically very easy to diagnose and is a fairly common occurrence, affecting about 2 to 8 out of every 100 pregnant women worldwide. There is no excuse for a doctor’s failure to perform routine urine tests or to listen to a patients’ complaints of headaches, edema, or other symptoms. Once preeclampsia is identified, it should be managed as quickly as possible. If a medical professional does not perform the appropriate tests or delays in responding to a preeclampsia diagnosis, he or she may be held accountable.
Make sure you put an Cleveland preeclampsia lawyer on your side who has the know-how, experience, and resources to effectively handle your case. The Lancione Law Firm is built up on an 80-year history of serving Cleveland's injured. We have the personnel and the experience to competently handle the most complex maternal wrongful death and birth injury claims, including preeclampsia.
To find out how we can help you and your family, call (440) 220-4439.