HELLP syndrome is a rare but 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).
HELLP syndrome can cause the following signs and symptoms:
- Rapid weight gain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Nosebleed or other bleeding 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 mother and baby. Maryland birth injury lawyer Michael H. Bereston is committed to helping children, mothers, and families who have suffered harm as a result of obstetric malpractice in relation to HELLP.
To find out if you have a case, call (410) 220-6581 or contact us online for a free, private case evaluation. We take on cases of this kind throughout Maryland and across the U.S.
Diagnosing & Treating HELLP Syndrome: Was Malpractice Involved?
If you begin experiencing signs or symptoms of HELLP or any serious medical condition while pregnant, your doctor should listen to you and perform necessary tests to make an accurate diagnosis. Delays in diagnosing HELLP syndrome can prove disastrous.
The same applies to treating HELLP. Treatment may include medication to control blood pressure and prevent seizures. A blood transfusion may be recommended, and early delivery will most likely be necessary for this condition to resolve. Corticosteroids may help speed the baby’s lung development, and labor may be induced or a C-section may be performed.
If you suspect that errors were made in diagnosing or treating HELLP, and you or someone you love suffered harm as a result, Maryland birth injury attorney Michael Bereston can look into the matter to determine what occurred and whether you have a claim for financial compensation. Our firm provides service throughout the U.S.
Contact our firm today at (410) 220-6581 to schedule your free consultation.