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Preeclampsia is a form of hypertension that occurs during pregnancy.  Preeclampsia is also sometimes referred to as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (“PIH”) or Toxemia.  Preeclampsia is generally defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks gestation.  Preeclampsia is a very dangerous condition for the mother and the baby and, if not recognized or treated properly, can lead to serious or fatal complications for mother and child.

Besides high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine, there are other symptoms that may develop slowly or suddenly including headaches, changes in vision, abdominal pain, rapid weight gain, dizziness, vomiting or nausea.

Delivery of the baby is the only cure for preeclampsia.  The mother is at risk for seizures, placental abruption and bleeding.  Because of the severity of this condition, it is critically important for medical providers to accurately recognize and diagnose preeclampsia, to treat the mother appropriately and to be prepared for the severe complication including placental abruption which can lead to catastrophic injury or death to the mother and baby.

When a child has suffered an injury related to prenatal care, labor or delivery, it is understandable for the parents to have questions about the injury, their legal rights and the legal rights of the child.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights.  Consultations are free – there is no obligation to call and talk with one of our attorneys.  Contact Us if we can help you.

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