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Both mothers and infants can suffer from the devastating effects of birth injuries related to preeclampsia.

Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, is one of New York City’s most respected law firms, with more than 50 years of experience successfully helping injury victims throughout Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queen and Suffolk County. We understand the real-world implications of birth injuries and pregnancy complications, and we fight for the compensation and verdicts our clients deserve.

What Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is pregnancy-induced hypertension, which can lead to fatal pregnancy complications for both the mother and child if it is left untreated or inappropriately managed.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Preeclampsia?

Typically, preeclampsia starts around the 20th week of pregnancy, but it can develop at any time – even after delivery as the mother’s body adjusts to the postpartum hormonal shifts. Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include:

  • High blood pressure (140/90 or higher taken on at least two occasions)
  • Proteinuria, or excess protein in the urine
  • Persistent, severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased urine output
  • Shortness of breath

The risk of preeclampsia is higher for first-time mothers, mothers who have a history of preeclampsia, mothers with chronic hypertension, mothers with diabetes, mothers under 35 or over 18 years of age, women carrying multiple fetuses and those with certain autoimmune diseases.

Are There Treatments For Preeclampsia?

Proper medical management of preeclampsia is essential, and it can involve:

  • Regular monitoring of blood pressure, urine protein levels and fetal development
  • Hospitalization and bed rest to monitor and control the condition
  • Antihypertensive medications, anti-seizure medications and high blood pressure medications

In many cases, it may be necessary to arrange an early delivery for the health of the baby and mother.

How Can Preeclampsia Complicate Your Pregnancy?

If left untreated, it can evolve into eclampsia, which can lead to convulsions, organ damage, coma, and the possibility of death for both mother and child. It may also lead to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy for the baby.

Can You Sue For Undiagnosed Preeclampsia In New York? Contact Us For A Free Consultation Today.

A Bronx preeclampsia attorney can help you understand if your pregnancy complications are the result of medical malpractice and negligence. Call Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, at 646-916-3179 or contact us online to speak with a lawyer about your birth injuries and legal options.