Pre-eclampsia negligence claims
While every case is unique, you may be able to make a pre-eclampsia negligence claim in the following instances:
- Delayed or misdiagnosis of pre-eclampsia
- Delays in treatment of the condition, which results in complications, pain and suffering
- Incorrect course of treatment
- Substandard care or treatment that makes the symptoms of pre-eclampsia worse or leads to either physical or psychological harm
This is not a full and comprehensive list; we always recommend that you contact one of our expert medical negligence solicitors for a free initial consultation. We will always listen to your story and if we think you have a case, we will help you every step of the way. Contact us today on 0161 696 6165.
Why choose Stephensons?
Our highly regarded medical negligence lawyers have been recognised across many prestigious legal directories, including the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. We are accredited by the Law Society for clinical negligence and we are a proud member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers.
We can help you with pre-eclampsia claims whether they are against the NHS or a private medical facility. We offer a no win no fee service to many of our clients, so you can rest assured that you will only have to pay any legal fees if your claim is successful.
We have helped women and their families from across the UK to get the compensation they deserve after a birth injury impacted their lives, whether that is a cerebral palsy claim or mismanaged pre-eclampsia claims.
What is pre-eclampsia?
According to the charity Tommy’s, up to 6% of all pregnancies will be affected by pre-eclampsia. It is considered a pregnancy complication that tends to affect women in the second half of their pregnancy or soon after the baby is born. The condition is characterised by:
- High blood pressure
- Protein in the urine
- Swelling of the feet and hands
- Severe headache
- Pain just below the ribs
- Vision problems
There is no cure for pre-eclampsia, and the cause of the condition is unknown. The only effective treatment is to deliver the baby, which is why pre-eclampsia is one of the leading causes of preterm births.
Failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia
If left unmanaged, pre-eclampsia can become very serious, and even life-threatening, for both mother and baby. Failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia or not managing it correctly can result in the following complications:
- Fetal growth restriction
- Preterm birth
- Placental abruption
- HELLP syndrome – this is a severe form of pre-eclampsia and can be fatal for both mother and baby
- Eclampsia – a complication which can occur if pre-eclampsia is not managed effectively. Eclampsia will usually include the same symptoms of pre-eclampsia but with seizures experienced too
- Organ damage
- Cardiovascular disease
Sometimes the mismanagement or the failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia results in preterm birth; when this happens, the risk of birth injuries to the mother and baby are higher. If you or your partner has suffered an injury due to the mismanagement of pre-eclampsia, contact our expert birth injury solicitors on 0161 696 6165.
Pre-eclampsia negligence claims FAQs
Can I make a claim for a loved one who died due to mismanaged pre-eclampsia?
While rare, women do still die from pre-eclampsia; the death rate is at an all-time low, down to less than 1 in a million pregnancies in the UK, but unfortunately, this condition can still sometimes result in death. If your partner or daughter passed away due to their pre-eclampsia being mismanaged, it may be possible to claim compensation. As with any medical negligence case, you will have three years from the date of death to make a claim. Our experienced solicitors understand that this will be a difficult time and we can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve, as well as help you gain a sense of justice. Contact us today on 0161 696 6165.
How long does pre-eclampsia claims take?
How long your pre-eclampsia claim will take will depend on how complex your case is and whether the person or organisation you are making the claim against admits fault. At Stephensons, we will always look to bring your case to a swift and successful conclusion, and we will always keep you as up-to-date as possible, at every stage of the process.