Medical Negligence: Preeclampsia and associated complications in later pregnancy

Medical Negligence: Preeclampsia and associated complications in later pregnancy

In this blog we explore the common pregnancy complication of preeclampsia and the possible injuries to the mother and baby, that can occur, if the condition is not diagnosed and managed correctly.

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a condition which some pregnant women develop in the second half of their pregnancy or after they deliver their baby. 

What are the symptoms of preeclampsia?

  • Headaches;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Burning sensation behind the sternum;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Confusion;
  • Anxiousness;
  • Oversensitivity to light;
  • Blurred vision; and / or
  • Flashing spots/ auras.

Typical warning signs include:

  • Persistent high blood pressure;
  • Fluid retention;
  • Decreased blood platelets;
  • Kidney problems;
  • Liver problems;
  • Fluid in the lungs;
  • Visual disturbance; and / or
  • Seizures.

What is the treatment for preeclampsia?

Typically, treatment will involve rest for the pregnant woman and medication to bring the blood pressure down.  If the high blood pressure does not resolve, the baby may need to be delivered early.

Possible Causes of Action:

  • Failure to diagnose preeclampsia;
  • Failure to manage the preeclamptic mother;
  • Injury to the mother as a result of the failure to diagnose or manage the condition; and/ or
  • Injury to the baby as a result of the failure to diagnose or manage the condition.

Obtain legal advice about your possible medical negligence options:

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury related to a failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia, you may be eligible to initiate a medical negligence claim.  Get in touch with our friendly team for a non-obligation chat with a medical lawyer about your potential preeclampsia legal action.

Jane Bulter – Principal Solicitor