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Bronx Preeclampsia Injury

Pregnancy and childbirth while natural are also quite complicated. There are a number of things that can go wrong and endangering the well-being of both the mother and the baby. While a doctor cannot always predict certain conditions or take steps to avoid them, with such conditions to arise, it is important for your doctor to diagnose and properly treat the condition to avoid a serious birth injury, such as a respiratory problem, brain injury or nerve damage. One common yet dangerous condition is preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication during which the pregnant woman experiences high blood pressure. Preeclampsia is not only dangerous to the mother, but also to the baby. Like other serious conditions, if not diagnosed, monitored and properly treated, preeclampsia can lead to a serious injury and even lead to death. However, with an early diagnosis and proper treatment, the affects of preeclampsia can be minimized. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury as a result of a misdiagnosis or failure to properly treat preeclampsia, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx preeclampsia injury lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your injuries and your child’s injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Symptoms of preeclampsia

Doctors and other medical professionals should be on the lookout for symptoms of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications. While any pregnant woman may develop preeclampsia, women who are at a higher risk of this complication include women who are pregnant for the first time, women carrying multiples, women who are under 20, women who are over 40, women who are obese, women with diabetes, and women with a history of certain conditions such as chronic high blood pressure, migraine headaches, kidney disease, or lupus. Common symptoms of preeclampsia include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of hands and face
  • Excessive protein in the urine
  • Sudden weight gain

Medical professionals should understand the risks for and signs of preeclampsia and take measures to minimize the effects on both the mother and the baby. If they fail to do so and as a result the mother or baby suffers a serious injury, then the medical professional responsible may have committed medical malpractice.

Preeclampsia complications

Preeclampsia is a serious and potentially dangerous condition. Failure to diagnose and treat it can put the baby at risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and difficulty breathing. Preeclampsia can also cause damage to the placenta which can lead to seizures and death.

Pursuing compensation for a preeclampsia injury

If your doctor failed to properly diagnose and treat preeclampsia and as a result you or your baby suffered a serious injury, New York law allows you to hold that doctor and the other healthcare professionals involved liable for your medical expenses and other losses.

Both you and your child may pursue compensation for past and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, laboratory tests, and outpatient treatment. If the preeclampsia complications resulted in you suffering lost income because you were not able to return to work when expected, then you can demand compensation for that as well. Another type of compensation you can demand is for the physical and psychological suffering you faced because of the poor medical treatment you received.

Defendants in your medical malpractice claim may include your family doctor, obstetrician, labor and delivery nurse, midwife, doula, and hospital or clinic.

The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help

Injuries suffered during labor and childbirth can leave a family emotionally and financially devastated. Learning that the condition was preventable and caused by the errors of healthcare workers only adds to the emotional pain. If you or your baby suffered a serious injury because of the failure of a medical professional to properly diagnose and treat preeclampsia, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced birth injury attorney. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.