When the Doctor Fails to Diagnose Preeclampsia …
If preeclampsia is properly diagnosed and treated according to accepted standards of care, the danger to mother and baby is greatly reduced. Left untreated, preeclampsia can cause the fetus to have less oxygen, slow growth and a low birth weight.
Preeclampsia ∙ Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH)
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If a doctor failed to recognize the symptoms or failed to treat preeclampsia, if the mother or baby suffered serious injury or death, talk to the medical negligence attorneys at the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. in Phoenix.
- Preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension creates high blood pressure, excessive swelling and large amounts of protein in the urine. The cure to preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. However, if the fetus is not developed enough for delivery, the mother is usually put on bed rest and given medications that help the condition.
- Left untreated, preeclampsia can turn into eclampsia (preeclampsia with seizures). That is a life-threatening condition that threatens the lives of the mother and baby. Severe preeclampsia can cause permanent damage to the liver, kidneys and brain. In some cases, it causes a coma, extensive brain damage and death.
- There is no known way to prevent preeclampsia, but proper prenatal care should alert the doctor of a problem soon enough to assure the health of mother and baby.
If a loved one has died or suffered serious injury because of preeclampsia, talk to a lawyer about the circumstances. At Snyder & Wenner, P.C., we have a network of medical experts who review medical records to determine what happened and whether the doctor used accepted standards of care.
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