Our New York City birth injury lawyers understand the dangers of a pre-eclampsia misdiagnosis. Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy disorder that can cause substantial harm to the mother and child if not properly addressed. The best treatment for pre-eclampsia is the delivery of the child. Unfortunately, your doctor or medical practitioner may fail to properly diagnose or manage pre-eclampsia.
If a doctor's failure to address pre-eclampsia by inducing the birth or performing 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 malpractice lawsuit with the help of our birth injury lawyers. Our attorneys work with leading medical experts to build a winning case and pursue the justice you deserve. Our resources and experience have led to many large verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases.*
What Is Pre-Eclampsia?
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 injury to both the mother and child.
What Are The Complications Of Pre-Eclampsia?
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, 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.
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 of consortium.
How Can A New York City Birth Injury Lawyer Help You?
If your child suffered an injury due to a doctor's failure to properly diagnose or treat pre-eclampsia, you should seek the help of an experienced birth injury attorney. A skilled lawyer will handle all aspects of the lawsuit, such as reviewing medical records, hiring medical experts, filing the lawsuit and pursuing maximum compensation in court. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP, our birth injury lawyers have been defending the rights of malpractice victims for over 60 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.
How Do I Schedule A Consultation With Your New York City Birth Injury Lawyers?
If you or your child has suffered an injury due to a failure to diagnose or treat pre-eclampsia, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our New York City birth injury lawyers, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.