Like most women, you rely on your doctor to provide accurate information and diagnosis during pregnancy. However, if your doctor fails to diagnose preeclampsia, you may be at risk for serious health complications.
Preeclampsia can cause severe injuries to both mother and baby if left untreated.
What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy, typically after the 20th week. The exact cause is unknown, but healthcare providers believe it’s related to abnormal blood vessel function in the placenta. Preeclampsia may develop slowly or come on suddenly. It typically goes away within 48 hours after delivery. However, in some cases, it may persist for several weeks or months. Treatment may include:
- Bed rest
- Medication to lower blood pressure
- Close monitoring of the baby’s growth and development
The most common symptom of preeclampsia is high blood pressure. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Protein in the urine
- Severe headaches
- Vision changes
- Swelling in the hands and feet
Failure to treat preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by seizures.
In some cases, the increased blood pressure associated with preeclampsia can cause damage to the placenta, which can lead to birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or intellectual disabilities. Additionally, preeclampsia can also increase the risk of premature labor, which can also lead to birth injuries.
If you believe that your doctor failed to diagnose preeclampsia and, as a result, your child has cerebral palsy or other disabilities, it is important to seek legal representation. They can review the details of your case and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.