Maryland Preeclampsia Birth Injury Lawyer
Pregnancy comes with a lot of risks. One of them is hypertension, or high blood pressure. When it occurs during pregnancy, it is called preeclampsia. It can occur during pregnancy and in the first six weeks after delivering the baby. The two main symptoms of preeclampsia are high blood pressure and increased protein in the urine.
Preeclampsia is a common condition that affects as many as 8% of pregnancies. However, it is also a dangerous condition to both the mother and unborn child. Immediate treatment is required or else the condition could advance into eclampsia, which is characterized by seizures.
Preeclampsia can also lead to premature birth and is the leading cause of maternal death. It can also cause long-term complications to the baby.
Have you or your baby been affected by preeclampsia? If so, contact the Maryland preeclampsia birth injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman. If you have been diagnosed with preeclampsia and your doctor failed to properly manage the condition, you could be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Our team can help.
When Does Preeclampsia Occur?
Preeclampsia can occur anytime after the 20th week of a woman’s pregnancy, but most cases occur after the 34th week of pregnancy. Cases that are diagnosed before the 32nd week are considered early-onset preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia can be mild or severe. Mild preeclampsia is when the mother’s blood pressure is over 140/90 but under 160/110. There may be protein in the urine as well as swelling in the feet, ankles, and hands.
When the mother’s blood pressure is over 160/110, it is considered to be severe preeclampsia. At this stage, there are usually significant amounts of protein in the urine. The woman also experiences abdominal pain, severe headaches, and vision problems. The woman may also suffer from nausea, sudden weight gain, and pain in the lower back pain and shoulder. As the blood pressure increases, the woman may also experience seizures, retinal detachment, and cerebral hemorrhage. The liver and placenta could also rupture, causing death to the mother and baby.
It is also possible for the woman to have preeclampsia, but never experience any symptoms. This is why blood pressure should be checked at every doctor visit.
The only treatment for preeclampsia is delivering the baby. However, this comes with risks, especially if it occurs before the 32nd week of pregnancy. At this time, the risk of fetus death increases. This is why proper monitoring by doctors is key.
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Preeclampsia is a condition that needs to be taken very seriously by both the pregnant woman and her doctor. Without proper monitoring and care, both the mother and baby are at risk of complications.
Have you been affected? The preeclampsia birth injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman can help you file a claim for compensation. We’re ready to fight for you. Schedule a free consultation to learn more. Call our office today at (410) 567-0800.