Hypertension and Preeclampsia
Birth Injury Attorney Explains
One of the most serious maternal risk factors doctors need to take into account during a woman's pregnancy is high blood pressure. If the mother's blood pressure is higher than normal, the mother and child's health could be at risk.
That's why excessively high blood pressure is considered one of the leading birth injury risk factors during pregnancy. Unfortunately, some physicians ignore the warning signs and fail to take steps to protect the health of the mother and/or the child.
If you believe you had hypertension, preeclampsia or another form of high blood pressure during your pregnancy which resulted in your child's birth injury, contact our law firm. Our experienced attorneys at the Tyrone Law Firm want to work with you and help your address all the issues facing your family.
What Is Hypertension?
Hypertension is defined as abnormally high blood pressure. What constitutes abnormally high blood pressure varies from one woman to another. Such factors can include age, height, weight and other medical conditions.
During your pregnancy, your physician should have carefully monitored your blood pressure, especially if you had abnormally high blood pressure before your pregnancy. In particular, many doctors often prescribe medications designed to lower the mother's blood pressure.
If you have a history of hypertension and your doctor failed to take steps to protect your health, you could have grounds to take legal action against the physician, especially if your child was born with a permanent birth injury.
What Is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a term used to describe a potentially fatal medical condition involving high blood pressure that can occur during pregnancy. Pregnant women with preeclampsia might experience high blood pressure for the first time in their lives.
Preeclampsia usually begins about 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. If left untreated, the mother can experience organ damage, especially to the kidneys and liver. Pregnant women with preeclampsia might also experience eclampsia, which are seizures or convulsions.
If left untreated, preeclampsia could result in the death of the mother or the fetus. That's why doctors need to closely monitor the mother's health for any signs of preeclampsia. Otherwise, the mother's life could be at risk or there could be complications which result in lifelong health problems for the child.
We Can Help
Most doctors refuse to admit they failed to diagnose preeclampsia or overlooked other serious health issues often associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy. That's why you need our legal team on our side, standing up for your family's rights.
Working with knowledgeable medical experts, our attorneys know how to analyze evidence and find the facts your family needs to build a strong legal case. And if your doctor, hospitals or insurance companies refuse to cooperate, we're prepared to take them to court.
Your family shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistakes. Make sure you hold medical professionals accountable for their actions. Contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation today. We're here to help your family make things right.
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