Preeclampsia is a relatively common complication that affects about 5% of pregnant women. Characterized by high blood pressure, high levels of protein in the urine, and edema (swelling of the feet, ankles, hand, or face), preeclampsia generally develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It can be deadly to mother and baby if it is left untreated.
Representing clients across Hawaii, our Hawaii birth injury attorneys are dedicated to exposing substandard care that leads to serious injuries to pregnant mothers or their babies. Preeclampsia claims are an important part of our practice, as a failure to diagnose or treat this condition can have such disastrous results. If you or your child were injured during or after birth, we welcome you to call our offices for a free consultation. We can talk to you about your concerns and can review medical records to determine whether you have a case.
To schedule your free case evaluation, call (808) 400-7517. They have been serving children and families across Hawaii for over 40 years.
Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Initially, preeclampsia may occur without any symptoms. That is why it is so important for a pregnant woman to attend all of her prenatal appointments, and why it is essential for a doctor to check urine and blood pressure at every appointment. High blood pressure and protein in the urine are the most telling signs of preeclampsia.
Additional symptoms of preeclampsia may include:
- Swelling of the hands, face, feet, and ankles
- Blurry vision
- Severe headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid weight gain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased urine output
- Protein in the urine
- Pain in the right side of the abdomen just below the ribs
Taking on Preeclampsia Cases in Hawaii
Preeclampsia cannot be cured until the baby is delivered, as it is directly associated with the pregnancy itself. Once symptoms of preeclampsia are recognized, however, a plan of action can be developed to address the condition. Bed rest and medication to lower blood pressure may be recommended, as well as medication to speed up the development of the baby’s lungs. Premature delivery may be required.
When preeclampsia is not diagnosed or is mistreated, the Hawaii birth injury lawyers at Davis Levin Livingston are here to seek justice. They can pursue the money you need for medical care and to provide compensation for emotional trauma, lost wages, and other injuries or losses you have experienced.
To learn more about your options and rights, call (808) 400-7517.