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Failure to spot preeclampsia is dangerous to mother and baby

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2018 | Pregnancy-Related Injuries

Health care for pregnant women has come a long way across the decades. More women than ever are able to enjoy complication-free pregnancies and give birth to healthy infants. Unfortunately, hazardous medical conditions still exist that can cause pregnancy-related injuries in mothers and in babies. Preeclampsia is one of these life-threatening conditions.

Preeclampsia occurs when the pregnant mother suffers from high blood pressure accompanied by excessive amounts of protein in the urine. Symptoms of this condition may occur over time but they can also manifest in mothers abruptly. These symptoms include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Changes in vision (blurriness, flashing spots and light sensitivity)
  • Swelling in face, hands or feet
  • Sudden nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain

If the condition goes undiagnosed and untreated, preeclampsia can lead to more severe pregnancy-related injuries involving seizures, organ damage, stillbirth and maternal death. Preterm delivery of the infant may be necessary to resolve preeclampsia, which puts the baby at risk for lifelong health conditions and disabilities.

Our law firm staff members include attorneys as well as doctors and nurses. This puts us in the unique position of understanding pregnancy-related injuries on a comprehensive level. We know the importance of accurate diagnosis combined with appropriate treatment measures to protect the life and health of mother and baby.

Preeclampsia is a well-understood condition that health care professionals are typically able to spot early enough for intervention. When they fail to do so and injury to the baby or mother occurs, it may be possible to seek a legal solution. To learn more about medical malpractice or OB-GYN negligence, we urge you to explore our Boston firm’s website.