Preeclampsia Lawyers in Seattle

Experienced Representation for Preeclampsia Victims in Washington 

Preeclampsia can have a devastating impact on both the expectant mother and her baby if it is not properly treated by healthcare professionals. The consequences for both mother and baby can be harsh – from life-threatening birth injuries to strokes which could lead to death in some cases. If the negligent actions of your medical provider resulted in a birth injury due to poorly managed or delayed treatment of preeclampsia, you may be able seek financial compensation with the help of experienced legal counsel.

At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, we understand how difficult it can be for families to navigate the aftermath of mismanaged preeclampsia care. Our experienced birth injury lawyers are here to provide knowledgeable legal counsel and compassionate representation to those who have been impacted by this serious medical condition. 

Mothers need birth injury legal protection too. Call (206) 208-0318 or send an online message and pursue the compensation your family needs.

The Potential Impacts of Preeclampsia on Infants

When an expectant mother experiences preeclampsia, the impact on the gestating infant can be serious. Some of the possible effects include:

  • Restriction of growth
  • Premature or preterm labor
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Damage to organs
  • Stroke or severe brain injury
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Learning disorders
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stillbirth
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If you believe that you or your child suffered an injury due to mismanaged or negligent medical care of preeclampsia, contact us through our online form or call (206) 208-0318 to schedule a consultation.

Understanding Preeclampsia and Eclampsia

Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition that can develop during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific disorder that can cause high blood pressure, proteinuria (excess protein in the urine), and other symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to complications such as eclampsia, HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count), placental abruption (separation of the placenta from the uterus before delivery) or intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). In extreme cases, preeclampsia can result in death or permanent disability for both mother and child.

Preeclampsia is characterized by an increase in blood pressure, protein in the urine, edema (swelling), and other symptoms during the second half of pregnancy. If left unchecked, preeclampsia can worsen and lead to eclampsia, a condition where the mother experiences seizures. 

Effective Treatments for Preeclampsia During Pregnancy

  • Delivery – If possible, delivery may be recommended as it can help reduce the mother’s risk of stroke or seizure caused by eclampsia. 
  • Medication – Medication may be used to reduce or manage high blood pressure, as well as prevent seizures in cases of eclampsia. Corticosteroids may be administered to promote the development of the baby's lungs prior to delivery.
  • Bed rest – Bed rest with frequent monitoring may be prescribed if delivery is not imminent or possible. 
  • Hospitalization – Hospitalization may be required if there are signs of severe preeclampsia or full-blown eclamptic seizures. 

Preventing Complications: Recognizing Preeclampsia Medical Errors

Preeclampsia is a particularly dangerous birth complication, and it requires careful care and management on the part of healthcare professionals. 

Key Indicators of Preeclampsia Medical Negligence

  • Failure to diagnose – Any delays in the diagnosis or misdiagnosis of preeclampsia can be extremely detrimental for both mother and baby. If not properly identified and treated, severe complications such as placental abruption, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), HELLP syndrome, or eclamptic seizures can occur. 
  • Delay in treatment – Healthcare providers must be diligent with their treatments and move quickly to ensure the safety of both parties involved. If action is not taken immediately upon noticing signs of preeclampsia such as high blood pressure or proteinuria, long-term damage or even death could occur. 
  • Improper treatment – Appropriate treatments should be tailored specifically to each patient’s unique situation. Any deviation from accepted standards of care could potentially result in harm or injury to either mother or child. 

The consequences of inadequate care due to preeclampsia negligence are significant and far-reaching; those injured may experience strokes, organ damage, vision problems, cognitive impairment, or even death.

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Let Schroeter Goldmark & Bender Fight for Your Family 

At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, we understand the unique challenges that accompany birth injuries resulting from preeclampsia. Our attorneys will fight tirelessly on your behalf if negligence or malpractice caused an injury due to poorly managed treatment or delayed treatment related to preeclampsia. We have the resources to thoroughly investigate your case and to determine whether any healthcare professionals failed in their duty of care towards you or your child during pregnancy. 

At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, our lawyers have been helping clients obtain fair settlements after suffering an injury due to medical negligence since 1969. Our goal is always to get justice for victims so they can continue rebuilding their lives.

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