When you found out that you were pregnant or expecting, you did everything you could so you would deliver a nice, healthy baby. You limited your caffeine and alcohol intake, got enough rest, took your prenatal vitamins, and ate a healthy diet. While you were doing everything you could, you trusted that your obstetrician or baby doctor, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, or nurse were also doing everything they could to make sure you delivered a healthy baby. Sadly, sometimes, that is not what happens.
If you ask any woman who has been pregnant more than once, she will tell you that every pregnancy is so different and so unique. Even if you were pregnant before, other pregnancies may deliver a completely different set of signs, symptoms, feelings, or cravings. Are you expected to know what feelings are normal and what feelings are worrisome? No. It is the responsibility of your physician, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife to decide if your symptoms or complaints are something to worry about and treat.
Pre-Eclampsia Risk Factors and Symptoms
Any woman who is pregnant or expecting will experience some weight gain, swelling of the feet, and changes in her blood pressure. However, some pregnant women develop more swelling or edema, and higher blood pressures than others. When that occurs, the doctor, nurse, or midwife should be monitoring or watching more closely for something called pre-eclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension.
No one knows why some pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy, but we do know that it must be closely monitored and treated right away. If a mothers blood pressure is too high, it vasoconstricts blood vessels, or cuts off the blood flow to the baby. The blood supply to your baby is the only way your baby gets the much needed food and nutrients it needs to grow and survive. Your doctor, obstetrician, midwife, or nurse practitioner need to carefully watch, and treat, abnormal weight gain, fluid swelling, protein in your urine, or high blood pressure while you are pregnant. If they do not, they may not realize that you have pre-eclampsia.
If you develop or have pre-eclampsia, your doctor or midwife should put you on bed rest, make you lie on your left side, and drink more fluids. In addition, you should also have frequent ultrasounds, biophysical profiles, and non-stress tests to make sure your baby is still growing strong and not in any danger.
If your doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner does not realize that you are showing signs of pre-eclampsia and doesn’t treat it, you can go on to develop Eclampsia and suffer seizures, liver problems, eye problems, bleeding, placental abruption, liver damage, stroke, or even death. In addition, it may also cause catastrophic injuries to your baby or cerebral palsy.
When Winning Is THE Only Option
Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases with documented results. The Beasley law firm is a nationally recognized catastrophic injury and wrongful death firm that has awarded over $2 billion for their clients. In addition to our experienced attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, two of them that have over 30 years of bedside experience caring for pregnant women who had pre-eclampsia, or eclampsia. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million for an injured baby and a $55 million verdict, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or your child has suffered due to pre-eclampsia or eclampsia that was not treated by your doctor, nurse, midwife, or nurse practitioner, we can help you. Here at the Beasley Philadelphia medical negligence law firm, not only do we have a team of nurses and physicians on staff that have actually witnessed and treated pregnant or expecting women with pre-eclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension, we have decades of expertise that made us a leader in this field.
If you or your baby has been a victim of untreated high blood pressure during pregnancy, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia pre-eclampsia attorneys at 1-(888) 823-5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.
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