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Medical malpractice and maternal deaths during childbirth

When people think about the risks associated with childbirth, they tends to focus on the harm that could be suffered by the newborn. While birth injuries suffered by a baby can be tragic and cause lifelong issues and pain, newborns are not the only ones impacted by birth injuries. Mothers, too, could also suffer harm when medical mistakes are made during pregnancy, labor or delivery. And these mistakes could cost some mothers their lives.

Based on current statistics, more than 50,000 women each year suffer complications during childbirth. Of these, roughly 700 women lose their lives, giving rise to some concerns regarding patient safety and medical negligence in hospitals across the nation.

Previously, healthcare providers blamed these tragic statistics on mothers being too old, overweight and too unhealthy to have a safe and healthy delivery. However, current research and investigation reveals that maternal fatalities and mothers suffering life altering birth injuries are caused by medical mistakes and poor care. It was found that about half of maternal fatalities could have been prevented by better medical care. It was also found that two common complications, hemorrhage and high blood pressure, lead to maternal fatality. These are both very preventable.

When medical malpractice is suspected following a birth injury or the death of the mother, it is important to understand what legal recourses are available. Surviving family members could file a wrongful death action. This civil lawsuit could help with the recovery of compensation, while also holding a negligent medical professional accountable for wrongdoing.

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