Title: Preeclampsia: Understanding the Condition and Associated Risks


Welcome to the Kopec Law Firm’s comprehensive guide on preeclampsia, a serious medical condition that can occur during pregnancy. On this page, we will delve into what preeclampsia is, its symptoms, diagnostic methods, and the potential dangers and risks it poses. Additionally, we will discuss preeclampsia in the context of medical malpractice, and the need to consult with a preeclampsia malpractice lawyer.

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related disorder characterized by high blood pressure (hypertension) and damage to organs, most commonly affecting the liver and kidneys. It typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy, although it can develop earlier or even postpartum. Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of pregnancies worldwide and is a leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. A preeclampsia malpractice lawyer can help you bring a birth injury case when you or your child has been injured.

Symptoms of Preeclampsia:

Recognizing the symptoms of preeclampsia is crucial for early detection and appropriate medical intervention. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • 1. High blood pressure: Consistently elevated blood pressure readings (140/90 mmHg or higher) during pregnancy.
  • 2. Proteinuria: Presence of excess protein in urine, indicating kidney damage.
  • 3. Swelling: Sudden and excessive swelling, particularly in the hands, face, and legs.
  • 4. Severe headaches: Persistent and severe headaches that do not subside with usual remedies.
  • 5. Visual disturbances: Blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or temporary loss of vision.
  • 6. Abdominal pain: Upper abdominal pain, often under the ribs on the right side.
  • 7. Decreased urine output: Reduced frequency of urination.

Diagnosis of Preeclampsia:

Diagnosing preeclampsia involves a combination of clinical evaluation, blood pressure monitoring, and laboratory tests. Healthcare providers may perform the following assessments:

  • 1. Blood pressure monitoring: Regular blood pressure measurements to identify sustained hypertension.
  • 2. Urine analysis: Testing for proteinuria through a urine sample.
  • 3. Blood tests: Assessing liver and kidney function, as well as platelet count.
  • 4. Fetal monitoring: Monitoring the baby’s growth, movement, and heart rate.

Dangers and Risks:

Preeclampsia poses significant risks to both the mother and the unborn baby. A preeclampsia malpractice lawyer can explain the following in more detail. If left untreated or undiagnosed, preeclampsia can lead to complications such as:

  • 1. Eclampsia: Development of seizures in addition to preeclampsia symptoms.
  • 2. HELLP syndrome: A severe form of preeclampsia involving liver dysfunction, low platelet count, and hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells).
  • 3. Premature birth: Preeclampsia may necessitate early delivery, increasing the risk of complications for the baby.
  • 4. Placental abruption: Separation of the placenta from the uterine wall, potentially causing heavy bleeding and endangering both mother and baby.
  • 5. Organ damage: Preeclampsia can lead to long-term damage to the liver, kidneys, and cardiovascular system.

Consult a Preeclampsia Malpractice Lawyer:

It is essential that healthcare providers adhere to established standards of care when diagnosing and managing preeclampsia. Failure to recognize or appropriately respond to preeclampsia symptoms can result in severe harm to the mother and baby, and the need to consult a preeclampsia malpractice lawyer.


Preeclampsia is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. Recognizing its symptoms, obtaining an accurate diagnosis, and receiving appropriate care are crucial for the well-being of both the mother and the baby. If you have concerns about the medical care you received, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a preeclampsia malpractice lawyer to understand your options.

When you call the Kopec Law Firm, you will speak directly with Mark Kopec. He is a top-rated Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorney. He will listen to you and give you advice on your birth injury case. Call 800-604-0704 for a free consultation.

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