Preeclampsia occurs when a pregnant women develops high blood pressure and protein in her urine after the 20th week of pregnancy, if the woman previously had normal blood pressure. While the exact cause of preeclampsia is unknown, possible causes include:
- Dietary issues
- Blood vessel problems
- Autoimmune disorders
As one of the premier law firms in Arizona specializing in preeclampsia birth injury cases, we have the expertise and experience to investigate your case and determine what happened, why it happened, and how it could have been prevented.
What Are the Risk Factors of Preeclampsia Birth Injury?
Every pregnant women is potentially at risk for developing preeclampsia, but the most common risk factors include:
- First pregnancy
- Pregnant with twins, triplets, etc.
- Pregnant while older than 35 years of age
- A history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease
If preeclampsia is properly and timely diagnosed, the risk of danger to the mother and the baby is significantly lower. If the condition is left untreated, the baby may receive less oxygen, which ran result in slow growth, preterm birth, breathing difficulties for your baby, and low birth weight. Untreated preeclampsia can also increase the mother’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
How Do You Treat Preeclampsia Birth Injury?
The only treatment for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby. If delivery is not an option, your doctor may suggest bed rest to treat mild cases of preeclampsia. If your blood pressure is abnormally high, medication can be taken to lower it until delivery. If you have previously been diagnosed with preeclampsia, many doctors will suggest more frequent prenatal visits to better monitor your vital signs. The most important thing is to be sure your doctor is closely monitoring your condition and treating any abnormalities that may arise.
If your child died due to untreated preeclampsia, you are entitled to know if the death was preventable. We will meticulously review all of the prenatal and delivery medical records with our in-house nurse. After our review, we send the records to an expert at one of the top medical institutions in the country. Together, we work with the physician to determine what could have been done to treat the preeclampsia and to prevent the death of your child. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will meet with you to understand your needs and to explain the process of investigating a birth trauma case. We represent the rights of families devastated by preeclampsia issues throughout Arizona and nationwide.