HELLP syndrome is a serious condition that occurs in about 1 to 2 of every 1,000 pregnancies. It stands for specific blood and liver problems: H: hemolysis (the destruction/rupture of red blood cells); EL: elevated liver enzymes (typically a sign of liver problems); and LP: low platelet count (which means the blood can’t clot properly). When HELLP is diagnosed correctly and as soon as possible, it can be corrected with proper medical care for the mother, which in turn helps protect her unborn child. It becomes most problematic when it goes unnoticed by medical professionals, though, and is allowed to worsen. This can happen before the child is born, during labor and delivery or shortly after birth.
HELLP syndrome can cause the following symptoms:
- Rapid weight gain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Nosebleed that won’t stop easily
- Pain in the upper abdomen
If HELLP syndrome is not diagnosed or is improperly treated, the consequences can be serious or even deadly for the mother and/or her baby. Maryland HELLP syndrome Attorney Michael H. Bereston is committed to helping children, mothers, and families who have suffered harm as a result of obstetric malpractice that did not notice or treat HELLP. If this has happened to you or your loved one, please let his firm know immediately.
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Who is Liable for HELLP Injuries?
When a mother or her child is injured due to HELLP complications, the medical team responsible for her care could be liable. It all depends on when the syndrome began to show symptoms and how the medical team responded. For the medical team to be liable for your damages, it must have acted outside acceptable medical standards and in a way that another reasonable medical professional would not have. Only at that point can liability be more confidently assigned to them.
What Damages are Available?
The damages available in a HELLP claim or lawsuit might include:
- Medical care: Money for future including necessary lifetime medical care can become the responsibility of the defendant and their insurer in a successful HELLP injury claim. It might also be possible to be reimbursed for the cost of past medical expenses.
- Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering may be recovered as non-economic damages to be paid through a settlement or award.
- Future Life Care Plan: expenses in cases involving serious permanent injuries
- Lost wages: If the mother is injured due to HELLP complications and must miss work beyond planned maternity leave, then the medical malpractice claim can demand compensation to make up for those lost wages.
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