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 malpractice lawsuit.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 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.