Preeclampsia & HELLP Syndrome Cases

Understanding Preeclampsia

Formerly known as toxemia of pregnancy, preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that is characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage—often damage to the mother’s kidneys. Typically, this will begin after the 20th week of the pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of preeclampsia include the following:

  • Excessive protein in the urine
  • Headaches
  • Vision changes
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Decreased urination
  • Decreases platelets in the blood
  • Impaired functioning of the liver
  • Problems with breathing

If preeclampsia is not treated, it can have serious and life-threatening complications for mother and baby.

Understanding HELLP Syndrome

One variant of preeclampsia is HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening complication of pregnancy.

It gets its name from the following characteristics:

  • Hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells)
  • ELevated liver enzymes
  • Low Platelet count

This can be difficult to diagnose as its symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as flu, gastritis, and more.

Medical Malpractice & Treatment of Preeclampsia

In cases of preeclampsia, there is a well-defined standard of care for both the diagnosis and the treatment. Should those standard protocols be deviated from—and should either the mother or child suffer as a result—we can hold responsible parties liable. Often, preeclampsia can lead to complications such as cerebral palsy, placental abruption, and problems with vision / hearing. When we take on a preeclampsia case, our law firm will work with professionals who help us determine the exact costs associated with the complications to ensure that proper compensation is recovered.

Would you like to talk about your case with our New Mexico birth injury attorneys? Contact Hampton & King today to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our firm. Call (505) 395-5575.