Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Preeclampsia and Placental AbruptionApril 4, 2016
Sometimes, even the most routine pregnancies can become life threatening when unexpected complications arise. Preeclampsia and placental abruption are two very serious conditions that can lead to potentially life-threatening complications for both the mother and her baby. Diagnosing the problem early on and providing the proper medical treatment can reduce the risk of serious injuries or even death.
Preeclampsia typically occurs after 20 weeks, or about half way through a woman’s pregnancy. The two defining symptoms of preeclampsia are a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher and evidence of high levels of protein in the urine. If the condition is not quickly and properly treated, preeclampsia can progress to eclampsia, which can result in seizures, organ damage, brain injury, coma and death of the mother. Preeclampsia also increases the risk of placental abruption, which is when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall prematurely, causing internal bleeding. If severe, this can lead to hemorrhagic shock, fetal distress, hypoxic injury to the baby, brain damage and death.
Preeclampsia can also put the baby at risk for low birth weight, restricted growth and other complications as a result of decreased oxygen levels and insufficient nutrients reaching the baby in utero.
Risk Factors of Preeclampsia
The following are some of the common risk factors for preeclampsia and placental abruption:
- Mothers who are under the age of 20 or over the age of 40 are most at risk.
- First-time pregnancies
- History of chronic hypertension
- Kidney disease
- Multiple gestations
Mothers who have suffered from preeclampsia in one pregnancy are more likely to get it in future pregnancies. Preeclampsia is also the main cause of placental abruption. For mothers who have a history of placental abruption, they are 15 to 20 times more likely to suffer abruptions in future pregnancies.
Treatment for Preeclampsia
The key to treating preeclampsia is to get the blood pressure under control, which can be done with medication. If it becomes necessary to delivery the baby pre-term, steroids can be given to help the lungs develop and protect the brain. The only cure for preeclampsia, however, is to deliver the baby.
If a preeclampsia diagnosis was made too late or if a medical professional did not provide proper treatment at any point, the physician can be held liable. Birth injuries are some of the most common medical malpractice cases. They are also some of the most complex, requiring a thorough understanding of a wide range of medical issues. Therefore, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Maryland medical malpractice lawyer who can protect your rights and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Preeclampsia and Placental Abruption
If you or a loved one has suffered from preeclampsia or placental abruption as a result of improper medical care, contact our Maryland Medical Malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will pursue the maximum financial compensation so that you can focus on healing and caring for your child. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.