High blood pressure can be a sign of preeclampsia in expectant mothers, and OB-GYNs in Arizona and around the country tend to monitor systolic and diastolic pressures closely during the second half of pregnancies. The condition causes the onset of violent seizures known as eclampsia, and early delivery of the baby is the only treatment currently offered by medical science. Failing to diagnose eclampsia can have dire consequences as the condition is one of the leading causes of death among pregnant women in the United States.
A study published in the American Journal of Perinatology indicates that the number of pregnant women diagnosed with eclampsia has risen sharply over the last two decades, and OB-GYNs may be becoming more vigilant because serious complications can arise in both mothers and babies when the condition is missed during routine pregnancy care. This kind of mistake can also damage reputations and lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.
You may have suffered from undiagnosed eclampsia if you experienced convulsions during your pregnancy or uncontrollable bleeding during your delivery. The long-term consequences of the condition include organ damage, and you may wish to consider pursuing civil remedies if you believe that your OB-GYN did not perform all of the tests necessary to diagnose eclampsia or misunderstood your test results.
Prevailing in this kind of litigation is rarely straightforward because doctors and their insurance companies usually have ample resources at their disposal and talented legal teams representing them. Attorneys with experience in this area may seek to overcome these challenges by using audio and video technology to convey complicated medical information to juries, and they could also call upon experts in obstetrics to explain how the care provided to their clients failed to meet generally accepted standards. If you believe that either you or your baby suffered harm due to some sort of medical error and you would like to know more about your legal options, please visit our page dealing with these types of birth injuries.