Postpartum Eclampsia Attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio May 28, 2013.

Postpartum eclampsia is eclampsia that can occur anywhere between 48 hours after childbirth and six weeks after childbirth, per the Mayo Clinic.

Seizures make this a life-threatening condition if not properly treated. If your doctor failed to diagnose or neglected to properly address postpartum preeclampsia, contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. You may also request or download attorney Chris Mellino‘s free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.

Postpartum Eclampsia Symptoms

Postpartum preeclampsia symptoms are often ignored because the mother is focused on her new baby.Women should, however, be wary of the following:

  • protein in the urine, which has no signs or symptoms in the early stages of proteinuria, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but "large amounts of protein in the urine may cause it to look foamy in the toilet;"
  • high blood pressure, which is "largely a symptomless condition," according to the American Heart Association;
  • vision changes;
  • headaches;
  • stomach pain; and
  • rapid weight gain.

Like preeclampsia, postpartum preeclampsia should be carefully monitored by a doctor to avoid complications, such organ damage, blood clots, or death.

Treatment for Postpartum Preeclampsia

Medication such as magnesium sulfate can help prevent seizures, and antihypertensive drugs can be prescribed to lower blood pressure.

When to Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Doctors have a duty to treat preeclampsia symptoms in a timely fashion to prevent further complications. If you suspect negligence contributed to or caused severe and debilitating injuries, we welcome you to contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. Or request our free, easy-to-read guide to filing a malpractice claim in Ohio.