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Pre-Eclampsia: Medical Details 

You need answers if preeclampsia was the result of a medical professional’s error. Preeclampsia is not uncommon for pregnant women in the United States but it must be addressed early and treated effectively. The consequences of poor medical treatment can be devastating and can lead to catastrophic birth injuries or death which may be entitled to legal compensation with the help of your birth injury lawyer.

Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of all pregnancies. Most of the time, in the United States, it is treated effectively. But when it is not, a pregnant mother can suffer from high blood pressure, kidney damage, and various other medical complications. Because a mother’s blood pressure is so vital to her own health and the health of her fetus, blood pressure must be carefully monitored throughout a pregnancy.  Preeclampsia is more serious the earlier it develops. If not recognized early or treated properly, it can lead to stillbirth in infants and death in the mother. Medical professionals must be held accountable when they fail to provide treatment that meets the standard of care.

What Are Some Medical Consequences of Preeclampsia?

Sweeney Merrigan’s Boston personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and help you find the truth about a birth injury that should have been prevented. Preeclampsia should not lead to serious medical complications if it is diagnosed and treated.

When it is not effectively treated, some of the medical consequences of preeclampsia include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Placental abruption
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Long-term cardiovascular damage
  • Low birth weight

The impact of preeclampsia can be long-term for both mother and child. Determining if preeclampsia was not diagnosed and treated effectively is absolutely vital. Take action immediately if you suspect inadequate medical care was provided to you or a loved one.

All birth injury cases have their own complexities. Preeclampsia has particular legal challenges because it often involves delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. The legal arguments and medical investigation can be extremely complex in these cases. In many preeclampsia cases, the results of medical error are not apparent until the victim has suffered catastrophic or even fatal consequences well after the illness developed. For instance, a child born while her mother is suffering from untreated preeclampsia may not feel the impact of preeclampsia until much later in life. Cardiovascular complications or other medical challenges may develop years after the initial medical malpractice related to preeclampsia.

At Sweeney Merrigan, we have the legal experience and the investigative resources to uncover the truth. We will consult with experts in prenatal medicine, experienced obstetricians, forensic investigators and other specialists to find out why preeclampsia was not diagnosed and treated. Victims of medical malpractice and birth injury often are unsure where to turn for the medical and legal assistance they need. Turn to Sweeney Merrigan.

Our legal team will begin by listening to you. We will be completely open about the challenges of lawsuits involving preeclampsia. If we take your case, we will tirelessly investigate it and use all of our many resources to hold responsible parties accountable. Our Boston law firm has the resources to handle even the most complex preeclampsia lawsuits. We give free consultations, so please call our law firm at (617)-391-9001 to speak with an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.