Preeclampsia Lawyers in New Mexico
A Doctor’s Mistake Could Result in Serious Injury to Mother and Baby. Our New Mexico Attorneys Can Help You File a Suit.
Preeclampsia is a common birth complication (occurring in approximately 1 in every 20 pregnancies in the U.S.) that can lead to life-threatening conditions for mother and baby. Characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy, preeclampsia should be caught in routine check-ups. Especially when seeing mothers with high-risk pregnancies, doctors should stay vigilant for this condition and be ready to offer treatment options.
A delayed or missed preeclampsia diagnosis may lead to permanent injuries or even loss of life during delivery. If you, your loved one, or your child suffered harm due to misdiagnosed or mismanaged preeclampsia, Bandas Law Firm is here to help.
We are a team of New Mexico birth injury lawyers who have come together to represent the interests of those harmed by obstetrical malpractice. When your efforts to start or expand your family are affected by doctors’ mistakes, it’s important to have a legal team you trust on your side. Our proven lawyers are ready to fight for you.
Our New Mexico preeclampsia lawyers are available 24/7 at (505) 393-6303. If you have questions about your legal options, we’re here to provide answers.
Preeclampsia: Symptoms & Risk Factors
Even slightly elevated blood pressure can present a serious risk during pregnancy. It might restrict the blood flow to your infant, which can slow down fetal development and lead to premature birth and other dangerous outcomes. As such, your doctor should carefully monitor your blood pressure at regular intervals. Some women are at a higher risk of developing preeclampsia, and your doctor should be more vigilant if this is the case. Women are at higher risk of preeclampsia if they:
- Are 40 or older
- Have previously been diagnosed with preeclampsia
- Are carrying twins (or more)
- Have diabetes
- Have lupus
Certain lifestyle factors like smoking and weight may also affect a mother’s risk of developing this condition. However, any pregnancy brings a chance of preeclampsia, even if you do not meet the criteria above. Stay alert for symptoms including:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe headaches
- Blurred vision
- Pain below the rib cage
If you are 20 weeks or more into your pregnancy and experience the above indicators, you may have a more complicated prenatal period and birth. It’s important for your doctor to do what they can to help reduce the danger for you and your child.
Common Questions About Preeclampsia
What Are the Diagnostic Criteria for Preeclampsia?
If your systolic blood pressure is above 140 or your diastolic blood pressure above 90 in 2 tests taken at least 4 hours apart, you may have preeclampsia. Your OB/GYN should request urine or blood tests and ask if you have experienced symptoms including serious headaches, blurry vision, or difficulty breathing.
How Should Preeclampsia Be Treated?
If your OB/GYN finds signs of preeclampsia, they should regularly monitor your blood pressure and perform extra tests on both you and the fetus to ensure your baby stays healthy. In severe cases, you may need inpatient treatment and pharmaceutical intervention. You and your OB/GYN should also make a plan for early delivery in case it is necessary.
How Might Preeclampsia Injure a Mother and/or Fetus?
Preeclampsia can damage a mother’s liver or kidney and cause the formation of blood clots. During delivery, it may develop into eclampsia, which can cause seizures and/or loss of consciousness.
Because this complication involves the placenta, the baby’s health is at risk as well. It may not receive enough nutrients from the mother. In worst-case scenarios, a fetus may not develop enough to survive outside the womb.
Can I Get Preeclampsia After Giving Birth?
Yes. Though typically spotted either during delivery or in the 2 days after, post-partum preeclampsia can occur up to 6 weeks after an infant’s birth. The symptoms are the same—and a new mother who experiences them should seek help from her OB/GYN as soon as possible.
Filing a Claim for Preeclampsia Injuries
If your doctor misses a preeclampsia diagnosis or fails to provide proper treatment, you may be able to file for compensation. Aside from complications during the pregnancy, the fetus’ inhibited growth can have long-term health effects.
Families who find themselves facing unexpected health issues may be able to file for compensation if they were caused by a doctor’s negligence. Having the financial safety net to care for ill family members is especially important when you’re caring for a new baby as well. If you think you might have a case, reach out to Bandas Law Firm for a free consultation. Our New Mexico birth injury attorneys are strong litigators who unfailingly advocate for individuals who were injured by negligent doctors or medical groups. If your family needs help, we are here.
Call us today at (505) 393-6303 for your free consultation. Our caring team is ready to speak with you.