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What Are the Risks of Eclampsia and Preeclampsia During Pregnancy?

What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure Disorders and Pregnancy

Eclampsia and preeclampsia are serious health conditions that can affect both a mother and her fetus during pregnancy. They are both high-blood pressure disorders that can cause long-term health problems or the loss of the pregnancy. Women who are diagnosed with preeclampsia or eclampsia must be monitored carefully to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and their babies.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC, we represent individuals who have suffered harm due to birth injuries. If you were diagnosed with preeclampsia or eclampsia but were not carefully monitored, you may have a valid legal claim. Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is the medical term given to a person who develops high blood pressure as a result of pregnancy. It is generally diagnosed at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In addition to high blood pressure, a woman with preeclampsia may have edema (increased swelling) and the presence of protein in the urine.

Preeclampsia is commonly diagnosed in women who had high blood pressure prior to becoming pregnant. Comprehensive prenatal care should include consistent monitoring for high blood pressure and prompt diagnosis of the condition. 

What Is Eclampsia?

Eclampsia is a complication of preeclampsia. It is diagnosed when a woman with severe preeclampsia develops seizures as a complication of the condition. It is also linked to an increased risk of stroke.

What Are the Risks of Eclampsia and Preeclampsia?

Eclampsia and preeclampsia are both serious conditions that can cause harm to both the mother and fetus. 

Risks associated with eclampsia and preeclampsia include:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Swelling of the arms, hands, face, or feet
  • Protein in the urine
  • Changes in vision
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy loss

Women with severe preeclampsia and eclampsia are also at an increased risk for developing HELLP syndrome. HELLP can cause a person to suffer liver damage.

Should I Hire an Attorney?

If your healthcare provider failed to diagnose or treat preeclampsia or eclampsia during your pregnancy resulting in harm to you or your fetus, you might have a valid legal claim. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine your options. 

Preeclampsia and eclampsia are both potentially life-threatening conditions. It is imperative that a medical provider monitor and treat these conditions promptly. Failure to treat or monitor these conditions can cause irreparable damage. In addition to the risks described above, it can also cause preterm birth and affect a child’s brain function. 

Contact Our Firm to Learn More

Were you diagnosed with preeclampsia or eclampsia during pregnancy? Did you suffer serious complications? You might be entitled to compensation for any damages you experienced. Our team of experienced lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight to ensure that you receive the recovery you deserve.
Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started. We proudly serve clients throughout Houston, TX, and the surrounding communities.

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