Helping Families After Untreated or Misdiagnosed Eclampsia and Pre-eclampsia
According to the
Mayo Clinic, Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy, causing
high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of
pregnancy. While Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition, it is treatable
if diagnosed early enough. The only treatment for Pre-eclampsia, however,
is delivery of the child. While a woman's blood pressure will revert
to normal upon giving birth, failure to promptly deliver the child can
result in serious harm to both the mother and child.
When a mother suffering from Pre-eclampsia fails to give birth in a timely
manner, severe complications can follow. Complications of Pre-eclampsia
can include decreased liver and kidney function, elevated liver enzymes
and lower platelets, and delayed growth and low birth weight of the fetus.
In some cases, Pre-eclampsia can result in the death of both the mother
and child. In many cases, complications of Pre-eclampsia may be the result
of a doctor's failure to induce the birth or perform a caesarian section
in a timely manner. If a doctor's failure to induce the birth or perform
a C-Section was the result of negligence, victims and their families may
be able to recoup compensation for any damages incurred by filing a medical
What Compensation is Available to Families of Infants Harmed by Pre-eclampsia?
Families who have had an infant injured due to a doctor's failure to
order a C-Section following a Pre-eclampsia diagnosis can recover several
types of compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. In a medical
malpractice lawsuit, parents of injured infants can receive compensation
for economic damages, such as the cost of medical bills uncovered by insurance
and any damage to the infant's future earning potential. Additionally,
the injured infant's parents may also recover compensation for non-economic
damages, such as long-term pain and suffering caused by the injury. Families
may also recover compensation in cases where the mother suffers severe
injury or illness due to the failure to perform a C-Section.
Victims' families may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in cases
where the mother or infant did not survive the birth. In a wrongful death
lawsuit families may also recover compensation for economic and non-economic
damages. Economic damages available in wrongful death cases include the
cost of medical bills uncovered by insurance, loss of an essential household
income, and funeral costs. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering
endured by the victim before death, loss of parental guidance, and loss
How Can a Pregnancy Malpractice Lawyer Help You?
Families whose infant suffered an injury or ailment due to a doctor's
failure to order a C-Section should seek the help of an experienced medical
malpractice attorney. An experienced attorney will handle all aspects
of the lawsuit, such as interviewing witnesses, reviewing medical records,
hiring experts, filing the lawsuit, and pursuing maximum compensation
in court. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our birth injury
lawyers have been defending the rights of malpractice victims for over
50 years. We understand the emotional hardship that can accompany a birth
injury. As a result, we handle all aspects of the legal process to help
ease the burden placed on our clients. Our resources and experience have
led to many large verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases.
Have you or someone you love suffered from Pre-eclampsia? Did the doctor's
failure to order a C-Section result in injury to the mother or child?
If so, you may be eligible to recoup compensation through a medical malpractice
lawsuit. For a free review of your legal options, call 212-406-1700 or
contact us online.