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Preeclampsia: Medical Details 

Preeclampsia affects 2-8% of all pregnancies. While the condition is fairly common, it should be addressed and treated early. You trust your doctors to catch issues like preeclampsia and treat them effectively to protect your health and your child’s safety. However, if your preeclampsia resulted from a medical professional’s error, you have the right to pursue legal action for medical malpractice. Our compassionate legal team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers may fight for your rights and hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

Most of the time, in the United States, it is treated effectively. However, a pregnant mother can suffer from high blood pressure, kidney damage, and other medical complications when they don’t. 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. If a medical professional failed to diagnose your preeclampsia or treat it properly, call us at (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. 

Potential 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 a medical professional could have 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

Preeclampsia can have a long-term impact on both mother and child. Therefore, you should contact a lawyer after a healthcare worker fails to diagnose and treat the condition properly to give yourself the best chance of achieving the compensation you deserve. We strive to build the strongest claim possible while giving you the time you need to recover. 

Preeclampsia Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Dealing with the aftermath of medical malpractice and preeclampsia is not easy, but you do not have to go through it alone. With our dedicated lawyers by your side, you can have a stress-free legal experience. We can help you understand every aspect of your claim, including the following:

Proving Fault

Preeclampsia medical malpractice cases are often complicated and require strong evidence to achieve a fair settlement. As the plaintiff, you must prove the following points:

  • Duty of care: The medical professional owed you a duty to care for your health and safety, which we may prove by establishing a patient-doctor relationship.
  • Negligence: Your doctor or other healthcare worker neglected this duty by improperly treating your preeclampsia.
  • Causation: This negligence directly caused harm to you and your baby, which resulted in damages.

We may help you gather evidence like medical records and expert testimony to prove these points. You can also keep a journal of your emotional experiences and the appointments you attend each day to demonstrate preeclampsia’s physical and mental effects on your life.

Recovering Damages

Treatment for preeclampsia and other accommodations can be expensive, and your damages deserve recognition and reimbursement from the liable party. Depending on the details of your claim, you may recover the following costs:

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Hospital bills
  • Prescribed medications
  • Physical therapy and other treatment
  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Punitive damages

While some of these costs, like medical bills and lost wages, are simple to calculate, others, like emotional distress, are less straightforward. During your free consultation, we can review the details of your situation and use our legal knowledge to determine how much your case is worth, so you can receive a fair settlement. Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers have helped victims recover hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to our personalized solutions and valuable resources.

Are Preeclampsia Cases More Complex Than Traditional Medical Malpractice Claims?

All birth injury cases have their own complexities. Preeclampsia medical malpractice claims present particular legal challenges because they often involve delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. These elements often complicate the legal arguments and medical investigation process. 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 their 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. Regardless of your circumstances, we are prepared to take on any challenge and fight to achieve a successful outcome.

Seek Help for Your Boston Preeclampsia Medical Malpractice Case From Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers

If your doctor failed to diagnose or treat your preeclampsia, you might not know where to turn to seek justice. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we have 45 years of legal experience and helpful investigative resources to help uncover the truth. We may consult with experts in prenatal medicine, experienced obstetricians, forensic investigators, and other specialists to find out why your preeclampsia was not diagnosed and treated, so you can recover the compensation you deserve.

Our lawyers, J. Tucker Merrigan, Peter M. Merrigan, Jessica M. Gray, Erin E. McHugh, and Dylan Hixson, listen to your story and provide open communication about the challenges of lawsuits involving preeclampsia. Expertise voted us one of the best medical malpractice lawyers in Boston, so you can trust us to tirelessly investigate your claim and hold responsible parties accountable. To speak with an experienced Boston medical malpractice lawyer, call (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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