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Preeclampsia is a potentially lethal complication of pregnancy. Sometimes called "Pregnancy Induced Hypertension" (PIH) or, in the past, "Toxemia of Pregnancy," preeclampsia is closely related to HELLP syndrome. Preeclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal death in the United States and a leading cause of fetal complications.
Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy. Other symptoms include swelling (edema) and weight gain. As the disease progresses, it is usually accompanied by some or all of the following: headache, visual disturbances, abdominal pain, decreased urine output and nausea/vomiting. If untreated, it can progress to eclampsia, a very serious disease that causes seizures, brain herniation and liver rupture.
Houston Preeclampsia Lawyer Hartley Hampton
At Hampton & King, our Houston birth injuries attorney works with medical experts in evaluating and prosecuting preeclampsia and eclampsia cases. If you suffered serious injury or your spouse died due to misdiagnosed preeclampsia or eclampsia, contact medical malpractice attorney Hartley Hampton today.
Deviations from Standard Treatment Protocols and Medical Malpractice
There is a well-defined standard of care for diagnosing and treating preeclampsia. We identify departures from standard treatment protocols.
Since preeclampsia affects the blood vessels leading to the placenta, complications from preeclampsia and eclampsia include an abruptio placenta, cerebral palsy, and vision and hearing problems. In order to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve, our attorney works with medical economists and life care planners who accurately quantify costs associated with the medical care and special needs of your child. We also discuss the advantages of a structured settlement or the creation of a special needs trust with any proceeds from a settlement or award in your case.
Contact Houston Preeclampsia Lawyer Today
If you or your child has suffered serious health complications due to preeclampsia or eclampsia, contact a medical malpractice lawyer at the personal injury law office of Hampton & King today.