A lot of pregnancy complications can arise during labor and delivery. One of the most common complications during pregnancy is pre-eclampsia. Simply put, pre-eclampsia is the presence of high blood pressure during pregnancy. This usually begins during the second or even third trimester, and continues until as late as six weeks after giving birth. They should be detected early on in the pregnancy so that they can be properly managed.
The signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia include high blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine or proteinuria, headaches, vision problems, swelling, and sudden weight gain. Unfortunately, these signs and symptoms are not easily spotted since not all pregnant women with pre-eclampsia readily exhibit these manifestations. A vigilant eye on the part of the health care providers is required to properly assess a woman with pre-eclampsia.
Pre-eclampsia can lead to complications like kidney damage, liver damage, abruptio placenta, and cerebral hemorrhaging if not diagnosed and treated accordingly. At worst cases, it can progress to the HELLP syndrome, which stands for hemolytic anemia, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. If further left unchecked, a full-blown eclampsia may occur, which is characterized by seizures that could endanger the life of both the mother and the baby. That is why health care providers should properly diagnose pre-eclampsia, because it is tricky and potentially dangerous if left unmanaged.
Doctors and other health care providers may be charged with a medical malpractice lawsuit related to pre-eclampsia if they fail to properly diagnose pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension or PIH and if they fail to treat the said conditions. During times like these, you should hire a birth injury lawyer who will help you in your case. The lawyer will undertake thorough investigation of the whole scenario, consult with experts in the medical field, and unearth evidences concerning the malpractice of the doctors. If they find any evidence on the failure of diagnosis and treatment on the part of the doctors, your attorney can seek compensation from the responsible parties for any injury that the mother and the baby incurred because of the incident.
Pre-eclampsia is not the only condition in which you can file a lawsuit against malpractice of health care providers. Any birth-related injuries can be contested in court, as long as they caused injury to the child or the mother during pregnancy and delivery, wrongful pregnancy, or wrongful birth.
If there is a birth injury to the infant, the parents could file a lawsuit because they are acting as guardians for the infant. The parents can ask for general and special damages. As for injury to the mother, a lawsuit can be filed if the doctor’s carelessness resulted to an injury on her part. The parents can also sue the doctors for any emotional pain and suffering that the doctors caused them because of the baby’s injury.