A primary reason for the recommendation that pregnant women have ongoing prenatal care throughout pregnancy is so that obstetricians can catch risk factors and take action to mitigate risk. Whether a baby has a congenital defect or a pregnant mother has a problematic medical condition, the OB-GYN should diagnose detectable problems and respond appropriately. Accepted standards of prenatal care include screening expectant mothers for preeclampsia. This disorder is characterized by elevated blood pressure and proteinuria after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Appropriate treatments and precautions can prevent maternal death and birth defects caused by lack of oxygen to the fetus. Failure to address preeclampsia, on the other hand, may amount to medical malpractice.
There is no single test for preeclampsia, but experienced obstetrician-gynecologists have the knowledge necessary to detect it through screening methods such as blood pressure readings, urine tests and ultrasounds. Once a doctor has identified the condition in a pregnant woman, the doctor should continue to monitor both the mother’s and the fetus’s health closely throughout the rest of pregnancy. Should your OB-GYN have detected your preeclampsia, informed you of it and taken actions to prevent harm to you and your baby? Did he or she ignore the condition, on the other hand?
Do you have reason to suspect that your baby’s cerebral palsy or other birth injury may have been caused by undiagnosed preeclampsia? Our birth injury law firm investigates causes of birth defects that can be attributed to medical negligence during prenatal care, labor or delivery in hospitals in New Jersey. Call New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer. Our offices are located in Edison, Toms River and Red Bank.