A New York Birth Injury Lawyer Answers Commonly Asked Questions About HELLP Syndrome

Currently, there is no way to prevent a pregnant woman from developing HELLP syndrome. A mother who suffers from HELLP syndrome is in life threatening danger and so is her baby. Unfortunately, according to the American Pregnancy Association, HELLP is often misdiagnosed and the best way to protect the lives of the mother and the baby is to diagnosis and treat the condition early.

What is HELLP?

HELLP stands for:
  • Hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells)
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes
  • Low Platelet Counts

Together hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet counts create HELLP syndrome in a pregnant woman and endanger both her and her child.

Is There Any Treatment for HELLP?

Whenever possible, doctors want to deliver the baby to relieve this dangerous condition in the mother. If the baby is not yet of 34 weeks or greater gestational age, the mother may be closely monitored and on bed rest until the condition can no longer be safely managed or the baby can be born safely.

How is HELLP Diagnosed?

Typically, the symptoms of HELLP mimic other conditions, and thus, HELLP may be misdiagnosed.
For example, the HELLP symptoms are similar to the symptoms of preeclampsia, hepatitis, gallbladder disease, and even the flu.

In order for a doctor to diagnose HELLP, it is important for a blood test to be done to check on red blood cell counts, platelet counts and liver enzyme levels.

Why Should I Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney?

If you have been hurt, if your child has been hurt, or if you have lost a child or the mother of the child, because of a HELLP misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to legal damages. Please contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to find out more about your rights and how to recover for damages caused by a HELLP misdiagnosis.

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