Pre-eclampsia claims

To make a successful pre-eclampsia compensation claim, you will need to get expert legal advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor experienced in birth injury claims.

Pre-eclampsia affects around 4% of pregnant women, and when left unchecked the condition and the symptoms associated with it can pose a serious threat to the health of both mother and baby. Doctors should remain vigilant in regards to Pre-eclampsia’s progression. Where they fail to take sufficient action to deal with it you may be entitled to claim Pre-eclampsia compensation, with representation from a medical negligence solicitor.

Making a claim for pre-eclampsia compensation

In around 0.5% of pregnancies the symptoms associated with pre-eclampsia progress and worsen, leading to more pronounced and a greater variety of symptoms for the mother and greater mortality risks for both parent and child. Medical staff should always be well-trained in diagnosing and treating the condition, so these situations should not be allowed to develop.

You may be entitled to make a compensation claim relating to pre-eclampsia in the following instances:

  • Where there is a delayed diagnosis of the condition by medical staff, leading to elevated levels of suffering, pain and / or health risk to the mother and baby. This can also apply to situations where the condition was spotted but misdiagnosed as something else, potentially providing grounds for a misdiagnosis claim.
  • When the condition might have been spotted promptly but the necessary treatment is delayed inducing greater pain, suffering and / or risk than strictly necessary given the situation.
  • Where an incorrect course of treatment is provided, leading to greater harm to mother / baby or failing to address the symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
  • Where substandard care or treatment results in or exacerbates the complications or any associated conditions of pre-eclampsia. These can be of both a physical and / or psychological nature.

The aforementioned situations to do not represent an exhaustive list of potential scenarios where it may be possible to claim compensation for Pre-Eclampsia. Where you or your partner or baby suffered unnecessarily as a result of your treatment, you could be entitled to make a claim, and should speak to a legal expert to find out if you are able to.

The medical negligence solicitors at Blackwater Law are recognised as offering some of the very best service available in the South East. They possess all the knowledge and experience necessary to tell you quickly whether or not you can make a claim for Pre-Eclampsia, and to secure you the maximum possible award should you do so. Get in touch today and you will receive free initial advice and support, but hurry – time limits could apply.

Get expert legal advice

Call and speak to Dominic Graham, specialist medical negligence solicitor. Find out if you can claim compensation.

CALL 0800 083 5500

Specialist birth injury lawyers

Blackwater Law solicitors specialise in medical negligence claims and are experienced in representing parents across England and wales in making claims for birth injuries that have resulted from poor clinical care.

Our national team of lawyers are independently recognised as being specialists in the area medical negligence by the Legal 500. This means that if you approach Blackwater Law for advice, the guidance you receive will be some of the best available to you.

 

  • Specialist birth injury solicitors
  • No win, no fee claims
  • Recognised as expert medical negligence solicitors

Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.

No Win, No Fee Compensation Claims for Pre-Eclampsia

When treatment for pre-eclampsia does not reach the standards we expect from health professionals, the impact on both mother and baby’s physical and mental health can be extremely debilitating, and we understand that families in this position may not have the resources to fight a legal case in order to put things right. That is why, at Blackwater Law, we undertake all medical negligence cases – including claims for pre-eclampsia on a no win, no fee basis.

None of your own money is ever at risk when Blackwater Law represent you in making a claim for compensation. If your case is not successful you do not pay us a penny.

The Impact of Negligent Care for Pre-Eclampsia

Where adequate care is not provided to the mother during the onset of pre-eclampsia, the immediate impact can be a worsening of symptoms, known to include the following:

  • Excessive fluid retention (known as oedema) which can result in swelling in the feet, ankles, face and hands.
  • The mother may begin to experience severe headaches and problems with her vision.
  • Some mothers experience pain in the region below their ribs.
  • Episodes of dizziness and vomiting may become common.

In the most severe cases the condition can be allowed to develop into what is known simply as eclampsia; where the mother starts to experience fits that appear similar to epileptic episodes. Whilst rare, these instances represent a serious risk to both the mother and child’s health.

Other symptoms associated with more advanced stages of pre-eclampsia are known to include:

  • The failure of vital organs such as the liver, kidney and the lungs.
  • Problems associated with blood clotting.

Where symptoms of Pre-Eclampsia are not treated sufficiently quickly/well as a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis it can become necessary to deliver the baby prematurely, as this is the only proven way to alleviate them. This can elevate the risks of birth injuries to mother and birth injuries to baby.

Your Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitor will advise you as to the best course of action, and support you at every stage of the claims process either for Pre-Eclampsia or an associated condition

What is Pre-Eclampsia?

Whilst the exact cause of Pre-Eclampsia is not known, it has been linked with problems relating to the placenta; the organ which regulates the passage of blood between the mother and her baby. It typically manifests at around 20 weeks of pregnancy and is identified by the manner in which mothers present with elevated levels of protein in their urine (proteinuria), as well as high blood pressure.

Whilst these symptoms might understandably be hard for you to perceive yourself during the early stages of pregnancy, a trained medical professional should be reasonably expected to be able to diagnose pre-eclampsia during the course of a regular antenatal check-up – helping you to avoid suffering the worst potential effects of the condition as a result of delayed or misdiagnosis.

Who is at Most Risk of Pre-Eclampsia?

The risks of developing pre-eclampsia during pregnancy in the UK currently stand at around 5%. There is no definitive cause and it has been observed across a broad spectrum of mothers, however there are certain factors thought to elevate your risk of developing the condition:

  • Where you are experiencing your first pregnancy.
  • Where you have suffered from pre-eclampsia during a previous pregnancy.
  • When family members have previously experienced it during their pregnancies.
  • Where you are undergoing pregnancy after the age of 40.
  • When you are expecting multiple babies, i.e. twins, triplets or more.

Treatment of Pre-Eclampsia

Treatment of Pre-Eclampsia is normally restricted to nullifying symptoms, as the only way to actually cure the condition is to induce delivery of the baby – which can cause problems if the infant is premature.

The normal course of treatment is to increase the frequency of antenatal appointments where doctors will pay close attention to the mother’s blood pressure and urine samples. Attempts may be made to keep the mother’s blood pressure as low as possible, with significant durations of bedrest advised.

Where more severe symptoms are observed the mother may be admitted to hospital for closer observation. Here attention will be focused on the baby’s development and the mother’s blood count, with ultrasound scans being performed at regular intervals.

In the most serious cases anticonvulsant medications may be administered to combat the onset of fits associated with full eclampsia. In many cases, any fits the mother does sustain can be quelled with medication.

What Will Happen When I Make a Claim for Pre-Eclampsia?

The first step is to find out whether you may have a case to claim compensation for pre-eclampsia. You can do this by claim Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors on 0800 083 5500. When you call you will speak with a specialist clinical negligence lawyer who will quickly be able to tell you whether you may have a case.

When after consultation with a legal expert at Blackwater Law you decide to proceed with us and make your compensation claim for pre-eclampsia, your medical negligence solicitor will immediately begin the process of collecting evidence in support of your case. Once compiled, this body of evidence will be submitted to the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), who will have 4 months to respond either with an admission of liability or with intent to deny liability and dispute your claim.

Their response, in conjunction with the legal counsel we offer to you, will form the basis for any decision as to how to proceed. It is worth remembering that only around 2% of cases ever end up in court, with the vast majority of successful claimants receiving settlements before reaching court.

There is no set timeframe for your case to be concluded. Due to every birth injury claim being unique and involving a unique set of injuries, illness and circumstances it is difficult  to say at the outset of your case, when it might be settled and how much you might receive. Rest assured however that your Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitor will take the time to understand the unique circumstances of your legal case, before fighting for the maximum available compensation award, and keeping you informed at each and every stage in proceedings.

Get expert legal advice

Call and speak to Dominc Graham, specialist medical negligence solicitor, today. find out if you can claim compensation.

CALL 0800 083 5500

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