HELLP Syndrome Lawsuits
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It is estimated that HELLP syndrome occurs in 1 or 2 out of every 1,000 pregnancies, as well as in 10-20% of pregnant women with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia. This syndrome can become deadly for mother and child if it is not treated properly right away.
At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers are part of a team of highly specialized professionals, including doctors, NICU nurses, and labor and delivery nurses who are devoted to helping families who have become victims of medical negligence. We thoroughly investigate all aspects of your pregnancy and delivery in order to build a case that gives you a strong advantage in court. In over 55 years, our firm has more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients just like you. No other firm in Pennsylvania has this level of recovery! Our reputation precedes us in the courtroom as a firm dedicated to justice and to protecting our clients' futures.
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What Does HELLP Stand for?
HELLP syndrome, named by Dr. Louis Weinstein in 1982, is a life-threatening pregnancy complication if not diagnosed and treated right away.
HELLP syndrome is an abbreviation of the three main symptoms:
- H - Hemolysis or the breakdown and destruction of red blood cells (RBC's)
- EL - Elevated liver enzymes
- LP - Low platelet count
Common Misdiagnosis of HELLP
Early symptoms of HELLP can include epigastric pain, heartburn, right upper quadrant pain, fatigue or malaise, nausea, vomiting, headache, chest pain, shoulder pain when breathing, vision problems, swelling, numbness or tingling in the extremities, protein in the urine, and high blood pressure.
Pregnant mothers who present with symptoms of HELLP are often misdiagnosed with:
- Lupus flare
- Gallbladder disease
- Flu or another virus
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
- Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
The only treatment for HELLP syndrome is delivery of your baby and supportive care if needed, including magnesium sulfate, blood transfusions, steroids, blood pressure medications or antihypertensive drugs and intravenous (IV) fluids. If there is a liver hemorrhage, an embolization may be performed to stop the bleeding.
Failure to Diagnose HELLP
The development of HELLP syndrome may not be due to medical malpractice, but a failure to diagnose and treat this syndrome can lead to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), pulmonary edema or fluid in the lungs, renal or kidney failure, liver damage or liver failure, liver rupture, placental abruption, seizure, stroke, cerebral edema, cerebral hemorrhage, coma, brain damage or a lack of oxygen to your baby, cerebral palsy, or death to the mother or baby. When this disease is not treated early, one out of every four pregnant women will develop serious and life threatening complications.
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If you or a loved one developed HELLP syndrome during pregnancy that was not diagnosed or properly, contact one of our experienced lawyers. Our specialized team is made up of doctors, labor and delivery nurses, and neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurses who have spent countless hours in hospitals treating women with pregnancy related complications, difficult deliveries, and premature infants with complications. Our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers have been recognized in the Super Lawyers® list and by many other organizations for their legal expertise, integrity, hard work, and track record of success.
We are always fully prepared to take each case to trial. This keeps us one step ahead of our opponents and, if the case does go to trial, gives us an advantage. Our end goal is to obtain just compensation for you and your loved ones. We take out attorney-client relationship seriously, even reporting the day's events and openly communicating with our clients. When you choose The Beasley Firm, you are choosing a legacy of hard work, determination, and success.
We win your battles. To learn about your options, or about our contingency fee representation, call The Beasley Firm today at (215) 866-2424.