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Pre-eclampsia - Mismanaged Pregnancy Complications

There are many things to watch out for during the latter parts of pregnancy with Pre-eclampsia being one of those conditions that can have life-threatening consequences not only for you, but also for your unborn baby.

Your doctors and nurses understand the risks involved with Pre-eclampsia and should monitor you for any warning signs or symptoms and if detected be ready to act accordingly.

Sometimes mistakes and medical errors can occur, for example, failing to diagnose or miss-managing treatment or the monitoring of you and your baby. Whatever it is, you and your unborn child may have been put at risk due to poor care.

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome are life threatening conditions that occur during the later stages of pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, although it usually disappears shortly after birth.

Complications of pre-eclampsia

It causes fluid retention and protein in the urine and is also characterised by a rapid rise in the mother’s blood pressure which can lead to fits, stroke, multiple organ failure and in some cases can be fatal to both mother and baby. It can also cause growth problems in unborn babies.

Treatment for pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia cannot be cured. But your doctor or midwife should arrange to see you more often to monitor the health of you and your baby. The check-ups will include blood tests and scans to monitor both your baby’s growth and the blood flow from the placenta to your baby.

It’s your medical team's job to try and control the symptoms by lowering your blood pressure and they will often advise strict bed rest which will allow your baby time to develop enough to survive a premature delivery. If you have not had your baby between 39 and 40 weeks gestation then it is highly likely that you will be advised to have your baby induced.

How can a solicitor help you?

Pre-eclampsia is usually picked up by your doctor or midwife during routine antenatal checks by monitoring your blood pressure and testing your urine for protein.

In some cases there may have been a failure to recognise the symptoms of pre-eclampsia or a failure to appreciate the severity of the condition with catastrophic consequences.

If left untreated pre-eclampsia can result in fitting or premature birth and in some instances result in brain damage to your baby.

Our medical negligence team has a strong medical background including many former nurses who are now qualified as solicitors who are able to talk to you about your legal rights and options. Our team are here to help advise you through the medical claims process, helping you achieve a financial award to ensure you have access to medical and health related services that you and your child need in the future.

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