Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related medical condition that can develop in women beginning at about the 20th week up until about six weeks after birth. Medically, this condition is characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes referred to as PIH or pregnancy-induced hypertension. Other symptoms include protein in the urine, swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision. The only "cure" for preeclampsia is childbirth. The condition and its side effects can usually be managed effectively with medications, bed rest or both.
Untreated, preeclampsia can lead to the development of full-blown eclampsia or HELLP Syndrome and may result in brain damage, damage to internal organs such as the kidneys or liver, placental abruption, coma and death. When preeclampsia is accompanied by fetal macrosomia (high birth weight), there is an increased risk of shoulder dystocia (Erb's palsy), which in turn heightens the risk of a severe brachial plexus injury to the child.
At Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, our attorneys' extensive experience with birth injuries of all types and our understanding of the complex legal and medical issues presented by these cases allow us to advise and represent birth injury victims throughout Connecticut. Our AV Preeminent* law firm enjoys an outstanding regional reputation for excellence in medical malpractice litigation, and we are a frequent choice for referrals from other attorneys who are familiar with the results we have achieved for previous clients.
Bridgeport Placental Abruption Lawyers ∙ Stamford Preeclampsia Attorneys
Although high blood pressure, protein in the urine and other symptoms can be used to diagnose preeclampsia, many women with this condition do not experience these symptoms in noticeable ways. In many situations, avoiding risks during delivery will depend on careful monitoring at various stages of pregnancy. This is especially important for expectant mothers in known high-risk groups, including:
- Women for whom this is the first pregnancy
- Older mothers
- For placental abruption, abdominal trauma
- Mothers carrying two or more fetuses
- Mothers who have developed diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes mellitus)
- Mothers who have a history or family history of blood pressure disorders
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Our attorneys work with well respected obstetricians in order to pinpoint the specific mistakes that led to a disastrous outcome for the mother or the fetus before or during childbirth. We also use expert witness testimony, taped depositions, illustrations, anatomical models, photographs and our expertise to help jurors clearly understand complex medical issues and how doctors and other medical providers have failed our clients.
At Tooher, Wocl & Leydon, our approach to the investigation and proof of medical malpractice in preeclampsia and placental abruption cases can help establish the liability of the professionals responsible for your losses while protecting the value of your damages claims. Contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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