Untreated Preeclampsia Can Harm Both A Baby And The Mother
Ohio Attorneys Advocate For Preeclampsia Birth Injury Victims
Having a healthy baby is the goal for every expectant mother. Unfortunately, complications do arise that can affect the health of the mother and newborn infant. One such complication is preeclampsia, a birth condition with the symptoms of high blood pressure. Treated improperly, preeclampsia can cause life-altering catastrophic harm to both the parent and child — even death. Preeclampsia should be identified and treated as soon as possible. Preventative measures must be taken to protect the child during delivery.
The acclaimed Ohio birth injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law holds medical providers accountable for failure to diagnose or treat preeclampsia by obtaining strong settlements and verdicts. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
The Danger Of Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia usually occurs 20 weeks after a woman becomes pregnant. It can even happen after the child is delivered. Risks of preeclampsia include:
- Progression into eclampsia, which means the mother will have seizures.
- Heart disease.
- Placenta abruption, a tearing away of the placenta from the uterus. This can cause bleeding in the mother and threaten the life of the mother and the child.
- Lack of blood flow to the mother’s placenta. Poor blood flow can cause a premature birth. This complication can also mean the baby does not get essential nutrients. A lack of nutrients can affect the child’s growth and ability to learn.
- Premature and complicated delivery because of preeclampsia can cause the child to suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, and other life-lasting birth injuries.
Some of the known risk factors for preeclampsia are obesity, diabetes, being older than 40, a first pregnancy, a history of blood pressure or kidney problems, and African or Native American descent. Mothers carrying multiple children are also susceptible to preeclampsia.
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The Medical Standard Of Care For Treating Preeclampsia
The Ohio birth injury attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law work with medical professionals who know what medical tests birth doctors, obstetricians, OB/GYNs, nurses, and other medical providers should perform and what remedies they should use if they suspect a mother has preeclampsia.
Because preeclampsia is a well-known complication in pregnancies, doctors have a duty to anticipate that a mother may have preeclampsia and perform the proper diagnostic tests. Well known signs of preeclampsia, in addition to high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine, include swelling of the face or hands, unusual weight gain which can signal excess fluid, and abdominal pain.
Crandall & Pera Law reviews your medical and treatment histories, as well as test results which include multiple blood pressure readings and checking the urine for excess protein. Other tests our team considers in birth injury cases are liver and kidney blood tests, fetal ultrasounds, and vital tests on the baby such as checking the baby’s oxygen level.
Medical Treatment For Preeclampsia
Treatment for preeclampsia normally depends on when it is discovered. If the mother is near her delivery date, then delivery will likely be induced, or a caesarian section may be used.
If preeclampsia is discovered earlier in the pregnancy, then the mother will be advised to:
- Rest in bed and lie on her left side so the weight is not on the baby.
- Get more checkups than normal to monitor her progress.
- Eat less salt.
- Drink eight glasses of water or more.
- Make changes to her diet so that it includes more protein.
Blood pressure medication may also be an option.
The delivery of a child of a mother who has preeclampsia or eclampsia is very dangerous. The doctors and medical staff should take all medically reasonable precautions.
Contact Cpw Law When A Mother Or Child Suffers Preeclampsia Birth Injuries
When a loved one suffers death or birth injury in Ohio because of a well-known birth complication such as preeclampsia, you have the right to compensation for medical care and loss of a normal life. Failure to treat well-known complications is inexcusable. Crandall & Pera Law medical malpractice attorneys fight to get every dollar allowed by Ohio law. Contact our offices by calling 877-686-8879 or completing our online contact form. Our firm has offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls, Ohio.