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It continues to be one of the most common birth complications in the U.S. It leads to as many as 500,000 non-viable births each year. Preeclampsia is a very serious condition that can severely affect both mother and baby.
If you or your baby were injured due to untreated or poorly maintained preeclampsia, you may be able to pursue a birth injury claim. At Willens Law Offices, we can help you understand what your legal rights and options are in the state of Illinois.
Preeclampsia is a condition that involves a dangerous spike in a pregnant woman's blood pressure. It is also known as toxemia and pregnancy induced hypertension. It can be fatal for both mother and baby.
While it generally begins around 20 weeks of pregnancy, it can last as long as 6 weeks after giving birth. Even after decades of research, the true cause of preeclampsia is not known. However, there are a number of risk factors associated with preeclampsia.
There are several risk factors that can make a woman more prone to developing preeclampsia. Some of these risk factors include:
While there are certain symptoms associated with preeclampsia, some women do not experience any of these symptoms at all. It is important that a pregnant woman stay current with her prenatal visits so that preeclampsia is not missed.
Some of the common symptoms associated with preeclampsia include:
If a woman's blood pressure level is at or higher than 140/90, it is considered abnormal.
Preeclampsia is a condition that leads to serious medical complications, including death. Some of the medical complications include:
Birth injuries associated with preeclampsia include:
A woman that develops preeclampsia has a much higher risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy (CP). That risk increases if the baby is born prematurely and/or is small at birth. It is not yet understood if preeclampsia causes CP, but the link between the two definitely exists.
If you or your baby was injured due to untreated or poorly managed preeclampsia, our experienced birth injury lawyers can help you receive the compensation you need and deserve to move forward with your life. The effects of cerebral palsy, or other disability, can be devastating and costly. It can leave a family with a life-time of medical bills and doctor visits. You should not have to carry this burden if it was the result of a negligent physician.
Contact Willens Law Offices today by calling (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. If a health care professional causes damage, they should be held accountable.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal team has access to some of the top medical professionals in the world. As in many types of medical malpractice cases, high quality expert are essential in obtaining justice.
Our firm was established to focus on the unique needs of our clients. We work with top medical, life-planning, and forensics experts to determine the causes and extent of injuries, prognoses of victims, and areas of medical negligence. Our passion for helping birth injury victims allows our attorneys to deliver unrivaled legal services for your family.
Willens Law Offices have helped the families of children across Illinois get the compensation they need for a secure future.
We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.