A: Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs in 5-8% of pregnancies and is a leading cause of maternal and infant injury and death.  The disorder is characterized by abnormally high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

Not all women with preeclampsia are symptomatic.  However, some common symptoms include sudden weight gain, vision changes, headaches and swelling.  These symptoms typically present after the 20th week of gestation.

Preeclampsia is a rapidly progressing condition that requires timely diagnosis and management in order to ensure safety of both mother and child.

Eclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH), toxemia and HELLP Syndrome are related conditions or manifestations of preeclampsia.

If you or your child has been injured as a result of an undiagnosed or poorly managed preeclampsia condition, you may have legal rights that will help pay for your medical costs and long term care needs.  Call the Erie medical malpractice lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. for a free consultation at 814-580-5017 or toll free at 877-505-9548.