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If your baby was injured due to undetected or untreated gestational diabetes, contact Willens Law Offices today to discuss your possible birth injury case. We will help you understand your legal rights and options.
Gestational diabetes occurs when a pregnant woman has high blood glucose (sugar) levels. This generally occurs late in pregnancy, around week 24. According to the CDC, gestational diabetes affects as many as 9.2% of pregnant women in the U.S.
It is not exactly understood what causes gestational diabetes but a woman that has never had diabetes, and will not even after pregnancy, develops the condition while pregnant. It occurs when the body isn't able to make and use all of the insulin it needs. When there is not enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be made into energy. In turn, high levels of glucose build up in the blood.
Gestational diabetes generally affects the mother later in pregnancy, around week 24. At this stage, the baby has already formed but is still busy growing. When a woman has diabetes prior to getting pregnant, it can cause birth defects. However, with gestational diabetes, it affects a fully formed baby differently.
When this condition is undetected, untreated, or poorly maintained, it can hurt an unborn baby. Gestational diabetes causes a woman's pancreas to work overtime, trying to produce enough insulin. The result, it gives the baby high blood glucose levels and causes the baby's pancreas to create extra insulin.
This can cause fetal macrosomia, a condition where a baby is larger than normal. A baby that is larger than usual is at risk for many types of birth injuries which include shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injuries, and others. It can also lead to other problems later in life such as obesity.
In addition, gestational diabetes can put a woman at risk of early labor and delivery. This can lead to premature babies, which puts an infant at risk for many complications including respiratory distress syndrome.
Gestational diabetes that is left untreated can cause the following risks for a newborn baby:
If your gestational diabetes was undetected and/or not properly treated and your baby was injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Coping with the cost of a birth injury can be devastating. This financial burden is one you should not have to carry.
Detection and treatment are key to helping both mother and baby be as healthy as possible. When a doctor fails to properly monitor, detect, or treat a woman that develops gestational diabetes and complications occur, he or she should be held accountable.
If your baby was injured at birth due to uncontrolled or untreated gestational diabetes, contact our experienced team of birth injury lawyers today at (312) 957-4166 or by filling out our online contact form.
Receiving compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and emotional stress are all damages you are entitled restitution for.
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