Preeclampsia & Birth Injuries
Miami Birth Injury Lawyer
Medical professionals who treat mothers during pregnancy, labor, and delivery have a legal duty to provide an acceptable standard of care. This includes providing the level of care any reasonably skillful doctor, nurse, or professional would provide in order to address known pregnancy complications like preeclampsia. Unfortunately, failures to properly identify and manage preeclampsia in mothers commonly results in preventable birth injuries.
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Preeclampsia & Birth Injury Risks
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy related health issue that occurs when mothers develop high blood pressure. It may also result in excess protein in the urine and end-organ dysfunction after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a well-known pregnancy complication, and because symptoms often do not show until the condition becomes severe and life-threatening, diagnosing it early in a pregnancy is critical to reducing risks of injury to both mothers and babies. Birth injuries associated with preeclampsia may include:
Mothers – When left untreated, preeclampsia may progress into eclampsia and cause maternal seizures. Serious cases may also cause mothers to experience blood clots, kidney or liver failure, and disorders of the central nervous system, all of which can be life-threatening.
Babies – Preeclampsia can create complications such as placental abruption, premature delivery, and a lack of blood and oxygen that increase risks for serious birth injuries, including brain damage, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, sensory impairment, developmental disabilities, and more.
Preeclampsia Mismanagement & Medical Malpractice
Because preeclampsia is a known pregnancy complication, and because it poses substantial risks for serious injury or death to both mothers and babies, doctors typically diagnose the condition during routine prenatal appointments (through blood pressure monitoring and urine tests) and take certain steps common in the medical profession to reduce unreasonable risks, including C-section delivery or induction, as a part of standard care.
While there is no definitive treatment or cure for preeclampsia, there are accepted standards for managing risks created by the disease. This includes properly evaluating mothers during pregnancy to diagnose the condition, appropriately monitoring the condition and its severity, and inducing delivery or performing a C-section. Unfortunately, even mothers who take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their babies and themselves can suffer harm as a result of negligent and substandard care. When injuries do occur, it becomes critical to investigate whether medical malpractice may have played a role.
Although every case is different, this generally involves evaluations as to whether doctors or other medical professional failed to meet their duty of care when treating pregnant mothers. This generally refers to any failure to provide the care a reasonably skillful doctor would have provided under the same or similar circumstances. For example, potential birth injury cases involving preeclampsia may involve:
- Failures to diagnose preeclampsia
- Failures to properly monitor fetus and mothers during pregnancy, labor, or delivery
- Failures to appropriately manage high-risk mothers with preeclampsia
- Delayed C-section or failures to perform C-section or induction
- Induction errors, including inappropriate use of labor-inducing drugs
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Mismanagement of preeclampsia may provide the basis of a valid birth injury lawsuit, but determining the viability of a case and working to hold negligent doctors and medical professionals liable for preventable birth injuries can be a challenging matter. At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Miami medical malpractice lawyers leverage over a century of collective experience to fight for birth injury victims and families across Florida, and are prepared to help you learn more about your rights, whether you may have a claim, and how we can help.