Pre-eclampsia is a condition which affects around 5% of all pregnancies, and mothers in the second half of their pregnancy (20 weeks onwards) could be affected. The first sign that someone is experiencing pre-eclampsia is usually protein in the urine and high blood pressure, both of which can only be detected by tests carried out by medical professionals. Undiagnosed pre-eclampsia can have serious consequences for both mother and baby, including the following:
- Lack of blood flow to the placenta
- Cerebral haemorrhaging
- Organ failure
- Eclampsia, or fits
In fact, around six to seven women and 1,000 babies in the UK die every year because of pre-eclampsia. If you’re diagnosed, monitoring of the condition is necessary until your baby is delivered, and you may be prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure. Many women don’t display symptoms, but you may suffer from headaches, vision problems, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles and face or pain below your ribs.
Failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia could be due to a delay in monitoring blood pressure or providing urine tests, or a failure to examine the mother’s previous medical history; she may have a history of pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure.
Have you suffered from pre-eclampsia?
Suffering from pre-eclampsia can turn a happy pregnancy into a stressful time, but what if your doctor or other medical professionals failed to diagnose your pre-eclampsia, despite you insisting something was wrong? It’s normal to feel frustrated, upset and angry if this has happened, as you or your baby may have suffered as a result. Claiming compensation for undiagnosed pre-eclampsia is an option you could consider. You’ll need to choose a solicitor with experience in the highly specialist field of medical negligence compensation; ideally a professional with experience handling birth injury claims.
How we can help you
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped hundreds of mothers claim compensation for undiagnosed pre-eclampsia and other birth injuries. If you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, or if you’re unsure and want to speak to a professional personal injury lawyer for advice, call our freephone helpline today. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. However you have been affected, pick up the phone and get in touch with us today for confidential, no-obligation advice. We’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim, and all our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* basis.
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown