Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that can be fatal for pregnant women. The Mayo Clinic defines preeclampsia as a condition in which pregnant women have a high blood pressure and excess protein in urine for 20 weeks after pregnancy. The cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. This condition can also be fatal for a baby. Pregnant women who have this condition while a baby is still premature should consult with a medical professional to assess treatment options.
Aspirin May Reduce the Risk of Preeclampsia
A federal task force recently revealed one way in which pregnant women may be able to avoid getting preeclampsia. One way that pregnant women can avoid this illness is to take low-dose aspirin every day. Typically, aspirin is not recommended for pregnant women due to its numerous health risks like fetal bleeding. Aspirin is also known to interfere with the blood clotting action in the body. A baby may also be at risk for pulmonary hypertension if a mother takes aspiring during a pregnancy.
Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Mothers-to-be may want to avoid preeclampsia by following the recommendations put forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the task force recommends women consume an 81 milligram pill every day after the twelfth week of pregnancy.
Preeclampsia only affects about four percent of pregnant women in the U.S. There are numerous symptoms of this illness. It typically suddenly starts after the twentieth week of pregnancy. Here are some signs that one may have preeclampsia:
- Severe migraines
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Vision changes
- Vision sensitivity
- Decrease in urination
- Weight gain
- Swelling of one’s face and hands
Those who are suddenly suffering from these symptoms should immediately meet with a doctor. Pregnant women should also consider going to the emergency room if they are suffering from these conditions.
Filing Wrongful Birth Claims in Illinois
One of the risks of preeclampsia is that it may not be accurately diagnosed by a medical professional. Thousands of women suffer from this condition every year, but the unfortunate reality is that women may mistake the symptoms of the condition with a typical pregnancy. Negligent medical professionals may also make the same mistake. A failure to detect preeclampsia can cause a mother and fetus to suffer from additional complications.
Some of the complications that can result from a failure to treat preeclampsia include premature labor and birth. A fetus may also be at risk for suffering from birth defects like cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness and epilepsy. Obstetricians (OB/GYN) and family doctors should monitor risks of preeclampsia in pregnant women.
Damages Available in Wrongful Birth Cases
Numerous claims may be available to victims who have suffered as a result of preeclampsia. Family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim for the loss of the life of a mother or baby. A wrongful death claim may provide compensation for the funeral expenses, medical bills and the pain and suffering of family members.
A wrongful birth or birth defect claim may be available if a child was born with a debilitating condition as the result of preeclampsia. A doctor may be liable for several forms of medical malpractice if he or she failed to detect preeclampsia and also failed to monitor any disabilities or birth injuries of a fetus. A birth defect claim may compensate victims for the medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and even lost wages of a child. If a child will never be able to work due to his or her condition, a judge or jury may take this into account in awarding damages.
Speak with Our Illinois Birth Defect Lawyers for Additional Information
Those who have suffered as a result of preeclampsia can feel free to speak with our Illinois birth defect lawyers for additional information. Our lawyers can guide and support you throughout this difficult time. Our attorneys can also immediately begin to research the facts of your case to determine which parties may ultimately be liable for the injuries of you or your child.