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Is failure to diagnose the condition of a mother-to-be negligent?

If you or a loved one has received the news that you are expecting, it is an exciting time. Both the process of pregnancy and the impending birth can bring new challenges and successes for the family. While a person may be decorating the nursery and planning for the addition to their family, there is one thing families should be aware of during this time. It's the possibility that a medical condition could befall mother or child during the pregnancy.

If a mother or child is stricken ill during the pregnancy, it could lead to further complications. These could make themselves known during the pregnancy, the birth or resounding effects after the child is born. When receiving prenatal care or when a mother is receiving medical care during the pregnancy, it's possible that a mother's condition during pregnancy could go undiagnosed by medical professionals, causing further harm to mother, child or both.

One such treatable condition is what's known as preeclampsia, which is a medical complication that can affect an expectant mother. The condition is characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure and complications that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and baby. Tests administered by medical professionals can detect the presence or risk of preeclampsia and can help to mitigate the risk. An inability to do this, also known as a failure to diagnose, could mean a person or facility was negligent in diagnosing the condition.

Unnecessary injuries could result to mother and baby if this occurs. That's why it is important to be diagnosed early with this or any other condition that could affect mother and baby. Seeking the appropriate reparations and answers in this situation is only natural. The long-term affects of such an incident could be life-altering for a family.

Source: FindLaw, "Failure to Diagnose Preeclampsia," Accessed August 14, 2017

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