Springfield, MA asked in Medical Malpractice for Massachusetts

Q: Missed preeclampsia diagnosis, stillbirth, and eclampsia, do I have a case?

I experienced swollen feet before my fifth month of pregnancy, with a documented history of preeclampsia in my family (mother). I was never treated for it through my entire pregnancy. With receiving only one sonogram at around 12 weeks and no other during my entire pregnancy. At 27 weeks, I go in as my feet were extremely swollen/painful, all the hospital did was check for a heartbeat. The following week at almost 28 weeks, I decided to visit another hospital (emergency room) and a heartbeat was detected at 9 am. I had the same symptoms, however I wasn’t placed on a baby monitor, at 2 pm no heartbeat was detected and with lab work done I had been positive for preeclampsia. Placenta failure due to clotting had been the result of death. Two weeks later I was admitted and in ICU for a stroke due to eclampsia.

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Michael O. Smith
Michael O. Smith
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate medical situation. In order to have a medical malpractice claim, you will need to show the doctors or medical staff deviated from the standard level of medical care in your area and that deviation caused your medical conditions. You will need to have another doctor (the expert) make a written opinion that the medical providers handled your care incorrectly and their mistake caused your injuries. I suggest you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Most attorneys including myself offer free consultations.

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