Preeclampsia Complications HELLP Syndrome Attorney
Were you or your unborn baby the victim of medical malpractice that led to a birth injury? Did the obstetrician make an error that caused preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handle medical negligence cases and can serve as your legal advocates.
Call our birth injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your family's legal rights concerning your baby's preventable birth trauma. Let our birth injury lawyers review your confidential or sensitive information and seek justice on your behalf.
Both preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome are pregnancy complications that can cause severe health risks for both the pregnant mother and her unborn child. Although they are separate diseases, they are often linked, with many women being diagnosed with one and then later also having the other.
In both medical conditions, the only treatment is to deliver the baby as soon as possible to reduce both mother and child risk. However, when physicians do not adequately diagnose these diseases, the damage to the fetus can alter the child's life forever and even lead to death.
Chicago, IL Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Preeclampsia Cases
Pregnant women entrust their newborn's care to medical professionals who must follow established standards of medicine in providing treatment to expectant mothers. This duty extends to obstetricians or every other doctor, nurse, or health care provider treating and caring for the mother or unborn baby.
Depending on the circumstances, physicians who detect HELLP syndrome recommend delivering the baby before the baby's anticipated delivery date.
Sometimes, undiagnosed or untreated preeclampsia can be the result of medical malpractice. When the doctor fails to diagnose and treat HELLP syndrome promptly, their mistake could lead to the child's severe health complications or even death.
Do you suspect that your doctor committed medical negligence by ignoring or failing to treat signs of preeclampsia? If so, call the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 or fill out the contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.
Let our medical malpractice attorneys begin working on your case to ensure you receive adequate financial recovery for your damages. Our personal injury trial lawyers will work directly with the doctor's insurance company to resolve your case through a negotiated settlement or jury trial verdict.
Preeclampsia: Symptoms And Risks
Preeclampsia is a hypertension disease that affects an estimated 5-8% of women in the United States during their pregnancy. There is no known cause for the disease, though some increased risk factors include women over 40 years of age, overweight, multiple gestations, and a mother and baby with a history of high blood pressure.
Generally, preeclampsia occurs during pregnancy and postpartum, starting in the expectant mother's late second trimester or third trimester, often without any noticeable symptoms. However, even though the woman may feel fine, it can lead to health risks and other abnormalities for both mother and baby if not diagnosed.
Preeclampsia affects the arteries in the pregnant woman carrying oxygenated blood to the placenta, that if restricted, could lead to placental abruption. However, both mother and baby could be spared if the life-threatening condition is treated early.
Common preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome risk factors affecting expectant mothers include:
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Women in their late second or third trimester
- Excessive bleeding (hemorrhages)
- Pulmonary edema
- Maternal lung failure
Physicians should monitor pregnant women for symptoms of preeclampsia during the prenatal care they are supposed to provide. Sudden swelling, weight gain, vision changes, high blood pressure, and high protein in the urine discovered through urine tests, swelling, and low platelets can all be signs of the disease.
Once it is diagnosed, the only cure for treating preeclampsia is to deliver the infant as soon as possible to ensure the child is not receiving less oxygen than necessary for survival. Depending on how far the mother is along in her pregnancy and how severe the preeclampsia, the physician should discuss possible early labor induction or even delivering the baby by C-section.
Risks to the child if not delivered are:
- Low oxygen- Reduced blood flow to the placenta can affect the oxygen level of the fetus. Reduced oxygen levels can cause brain damage resulting in severe medical conditions and diseases such as cerebral palsy or impact the baby's organ systems.
- Acidosis- If the placenta is compromised, the developing fetus will become low on oxygen. The body will begin to derive energy from the fuel supply, but this can cause a lactic acid build-up called acidosis. The baby will then stop moving and must be delivered immediately to be saved.
- Death-An estimated 10,500 babies die each year from preeclampsia. Some lives have been saved if the mother's doctor had caught the disease in time to recommend early delivery or treatment. Unfortunately, in severe cases, it can also result in the death of the mother.
Approximately 15% of all premature births in America involve preeclampsia every year. Preeclampsia is also responsible for 500,000 infant deaths and 76,000 maternal deaths every year worldwide.
Low Platelet Count Syndrome
Women who develop low blood platelet count syndrome (thrombocytopenia) do not have sufficient platelets in their bloodstream to help with clotting and stop bleeding. The condition is usually not life-threatening, where individuals spontaneously bleed in the bladder, gums, or eyes when injured.
Typically, a healthy individual has a 150,000 to 400,000 blood platelet count. Individuals with thrombocytopenia will have a platelet count under 150,000. Many conditions cause thrombocytopenia, previously referred to as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, in the immune system, the body's primary defense mechanism against diseases.
Low blood platelet count syndrome can be genetic, handed down through the family's genes, and can be acquired through numerous medical conditions, including:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria thriving in the digestive system
- Medication-induced immune thrombocytopenia
- Sepsis, a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Viral infections, including hepatitis C, chickenpox, Epstein-Barr, parvovirus, and HIV)
Doctors treating pregnant women must check for thrombocytopenia that could be caused by the adverse reactions to certain medications, including:
- Drugs for seizures, infections, and cardiac conditions
- Heparin, a blood thinner prescribed for preventing blood clots
The doctor may have to change the medication or just the dosage to ensure that the pregnant mother does not experience a significant pregnancy complication, especially during the late second trimester, third trimester, labor, and delivery.
HELLP Syndrome: Symptoms And Risks
HELLP syndrome stands for Hemolysis (breakdown of the red blood cells), elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. The cause is also unknown, affecting pregnant mothers in their late second and third trimesters during their last weeks of pregnancy.
The disease occurs in only 1-2 pregnancies per 1,000 and 10-20% of women with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia. As with preeclampsia, doctors delivering the baby as soon as possible is recommended to avoid further risks to both mother and child.
The pregnant mother's medical professional should be aware of symptoms that may indicate HELLP syndrome. Common indicators of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome include high blood pressure, abdominal tenderness, headaches, fluid retention, and excess bleeding.
Tests include checking platelet counts, liver function tests, and a CT scan of the liver for enlargement and bleeding. One out of four women has severe pregnancy complications from HELLP, including kidney failure, liver failure, placental abruption (separation of the placenta from the uterus wall), and fluid in the lungs.
For the unborn child, the most significant risk is when the placenta is compromised. Placental abruption causes fetus distress, and for those that survive, 40-50% will experience some possible complications, including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain Damage
- Pulmonary edema
- Feel stroke
- Ruptured liver
- Liver damage
- Kidney or Renal Failure
- Lung failure
- Low Birth Weight
Unfortunately, many children have died or have been born with severe complications due to preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome not being diagnosed in time.
These are well-known pregnancy complications, and any doctor that does not diagnose or treat their patient appropriately has put the mother and child at risk. Failing to recognize elevated liver enzymes, preeclampsia, or HELLP syndrome could indicate medical malpractice where the child's birth injury or mother's health complications could have been prevented.
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