Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension Birth Injuries

For almost every pregnant mother, the birth of a child is one of the most memorable moments of their entire life. However, when that occasion is marred by a doctor’s mistakes, resulting in serious injury to you or your baby, bringing life into the world can be terrifying.

The team at Pope and Howard, P.C, is experienced in dealing with birth injury cases. For example, the firm recently garnered a $6,000,000 confidential settlement in a birth defect medical malpractice, representing the family of a young girl who suffered brain injuries at birth.

Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), also known as pre-eclampsia or toxemia, is a condition that occurs when a woman experiences high blood pressure during pregnancy. If a doctor failed to diagnose and properly treat pregnancy-induced hypertension, putting the mother and child at risk, there may be enough evidence to support a medical malpractice claim.

Learn more about pregnancy-induced hypertension birth injury medical malpractice cases or call (404) 885-9999 to talk to our team about a potential case.

How Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension Develops

Pregnancy-induced hypertension is harmful to both the mom and child. Women who are more at risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension are usually:

  • Pregnant with twins or triplets
  • Have suffered from high blood pressure in the past
  • Of a certain age: Under 20 or over 35 years old
  • Overweight or underweight
  • Have consistently used alcohol, tobacco, or drugs
  • Struggle with diabetes

If a doctor fails to recognize pregnancy-induced hypertension in a patient, the consequences can be extremely severe and include:

  • Kidney complications
  • Seizures
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Liver issues
  • Premature birth

A doctor should advise a pregnant woman about the symptoms of pregnancy-induced hypertension so that, should these symptoms occur, a woman can get immediate help.

Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated protein levels in the urine
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Excess swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Blood in the urine
  • Excessive nausea or vomiting.

If a doctor does not to recognize pregnancy-induced hypertension or provides insufficient prenatal care that results in the condition going undiagnosed, your doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.

Birth Injuries Due to Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

About 7-10% of all pregnant mothers develop pregnancy-induced hypertension. If properly diagnosed, most cases are usually treated at home with bed rest, with the mother required to eat a healthy diet and consume a lot of water.

In some cases, however, since pregnancy-induced hypertension can result in high blood pressure, a hospital stay may be required.

If PIH is not properly diagnosed and treated, serious complications may develop, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Maternal seizures
  • Kidney failure
  • Placental abruption (detachment of the placenta from the uterus wall)
  • Liver problems
  • Impaired blood clotting.

Birth Injury Case Compensation for Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

If you feel you were not properly diagnosed with PIH, and it resulted in complications at birth, you may have a case. A lawsuit is a viable option for any patient whose doctor did not recognize the signs of pregnancy-induced hypertension, demonstrate appropriate care once PIH symptoms were acknowledged, monitor the patient consistently, or provide sufficient treatment.

Some compensation options that are available for pregnancy-related medical malpractice include:

  • The possibility of damage reimbursement from your medical provider
  • Coverage of lost income due to time spent recovering
  • Payment of all medical expenses connected to pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Damages for pain, suffering and loss of personal enjoyment
  • Coverage for premature birth

Contact the Leading Birth Injury Lawyers in Atlanta, GA

Founders Marc Howard and Geoff Pope believe that you and your family should be protected when those in the medical world are negligent of your health and well-being. Our firm is well respected throughout Atlanta as a practice that delivers compensation and justice to those who suffer undue harm at the hands of careless medical professionals.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a lack of prenatal care which has resulted in misdiagnoses or medical mistakes, don’t hesitate to contact us at Pope and Howard in Atlanta, GA. The doctor or medical professional in charge of you and your baby’s health and comfort should be held responsible when mistakes are made.

At our firm, we’re committed to preserving your financial and physical well-being- which is why we do our best to get you the care and support you need as quickly as possible. Feel free to contact us through our website to set up a free consultation or give us a call at (404) 885-9999.

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