Most people associate childbirth complications with the baby. However, mothers are also at risk of suffering a serious or life-threatening injury at any point during pregnancy and childbirth. In some cases, high-risk patients experience complications that simply aren’t avoidable. But there are cases in which a doctor’s negligence or a hospital’s mistake leads to a cascade of interventions that leave a mother with lasting injuries. In the most devastating cases, a woman dies during childbirth—something few people in the United States imagine as a possibility. When these cases happen, families simply want to know why.
At LawMD, our lawyers handle all types of birth injury cases, including those involving maternal injuries. Many of our attorneys is also licensed medical professionals, providing them with insight into your case. We work hard to get families the answers they deserve. More than that, we fight tirelessly to help our clients get the compensation they need to support their families and cover the costs of their medical care. If you have been left picking up the pieces after a childbirth injury, you don’t have to do it alone. We can help.
In a developed nation like the United States, most people don’t really think about the possibility of a mother suffering a life-threatening injury or death during childbirth. What few people realize is that maternal complications aren’t confined to less-developed countries. Pregnancy and birth-related complications are also on the rise in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injury rates for mothers have increased from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in the 1980s to 17.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2011. In some cases, rising obesity rates are a factor in the increase. According to the CDC, more accurate reporting in the areas of maternal mortality and morbidity may also partially explain this increase. In some cases, however, maternal injury rates have gone up due to medical negligence.
There are many types of maternal complications, including incredibly rare conditions many OB/GYNs will only see once or twice in their entire career. However, these are outliers. The most common maternal complications can and should be managed so that a mother can make a full recovery. Doctors train for these cases. When they fail to react appropriately, it is patients who pay the price.
In some cases, high-risk patients experience increased complications due to advanced maternal age, obesity, or preexisting health conditions. In other cases, otherwise healthy patients develop complications due to a doctor’s negligence.
Our attorneys handle all types of maternal complications cases, including:
According to the CDC, severe non-fatal maternal complications—known as severe maternal morbidity—affect 50,000 women in the U.S. every year. Sadly, many of these women go on to experience serious mental stress brought on by complications suffered during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. With a new baby to care for, mothers don’t always have the time to get the help they need. Some may not even realize they have developed long-term mental trauma until they become pregnant again and experience flashbacks or severe anxiety about pregnancy and childbirth.
If you experienced complications during a difficult pregnancy, labor, or delivery and you believe medical negligence is to blame, contact our birth injury attorneys today. Our lawyers have recovered millions for our clients. We can help you determine if you have a claim, as well as what types of compensation you may be able to receive.