When hospital management or individual physicians fail to provide a sufficient level of care, victims may seek legal recourse and file suit against the negligent parties. Delivery malpractice lawsuits improve the quality of healthcare by holding physicians and hospitals responsible when they fall below a professional standard of care.
Each maternal injury case and instance of hospital negligence is different and must be investigated. Medical records and testimony can provide insights into the root cause of a delivery malpractice injury. The Lyon Firm works with medical experts to bring legal action when necessary.
If you have been injured in a childbirth injury or your child has suffered, The Lyon Firm will review your case. Once your medical goals have been discussed following a birth injury, it is crucial to set up a plan to help pay for the medical costs associated with the injury in question.
Obtaining a settlement is not an easy task but an experienced birth injury attorney can assist you in a big way. Once the lawsuit is filed, an attorney can present your case with evidence and testimony in the discovery phase, which will begin the settlement process.
A partial placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus and starts bleeding. It can be difficult to detect when bleeding begins. Placental abruption is most common during the third trimester of pregnancy, and may deprive the fetus of critical nutrients and oxygen.
This condition can cause fetal distress as well maternal injuries. Doctors must monitor pregnant patient carefully, or they may be negligent in failing to diagnose and treat placental abruption cases.
Placental abruptions are usually associated with abdominal trauma, though certain women may be predisposed to placental abruption if they have high blood pressure, diabetes, or autoimmune diseases. Around 15 percent of severe placental abruption cases end in death, and others result in birth injury and maternal injuries.
Uterine rupture cases occurs when there is a breach in the mother’s womb. Uterine rupture can occur in a uterus with no scarring, but is more commonly seen in women who have pre-existing uterine scars.
When a uterine rupture is discovered, an emergency cesarean section is necessary to remove the baby, and to prevent harm to both child and mother. A child may be deprived of oxygen and a mother may suffer from internal bleeding.
Risk factors of uterine ruptures include scars from previous cesarean sections, and also various medications. Cervical ripening drugs like Pitocin and Cervidil can cause of uterine ruptures and placental abruptions.
In 1990, about 17 maternal deaths were recorded for every 100,000 pregnant women in the U.S. Pregnancy-related deaths have risen over the last 25 years, and in 2015, more than 26 deaths were recorded per 100,000 pregnant women. On top of that, the health risks are consistently three to four times higher for black women than white women.
According to an analysis of data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), around 60 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and many due to medical malpractice and hospital negligence.
About 700 women die in the United States each year in from pregnancy-related complications. Even with postpartum maternal deaths on the rise in recent years, a deeper understanding is needed related to pregnancy-related deaths and medical strategies to prevent future deaths.
Medical experts have worked together with medical malpractice attorneys in filing postpartum maternal death lawsuits, holding individual physicians and hospitals liable for preventable injuries and deaths.
In medical data recording, maternal deaths that occur due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, or within six weeks after giving birth, are recorded as maternal mortality.
Preeclampsia, one of the leading causes of maternal death, is a type of high blood pressure that occurs in pregnancy or the postpartum period, and may lead to seizures and strokes.
In developed countries, preeclampsia is considered highly treatable. It is simply important to act quickly, and prevent complications. Medical staff in the U.S. has not excelled in preventing poor results. Whereas Britain has reduced preeclampsia deaths to a total of two deaths from 2012 to 2014, in the U.S. preeclampsia still accounts for 50 to 70 deaths a year.