Having a child is an exciting time. This often obscures the reality that there are many of the same dangers involved with having a baby as there are with other medical procedures. Even more problematic is the number of maternal fatalities in the United States. Although perceived as one of the most, if not the most technologically advanced country in the world, recent research found that the U.S. is the riskiest place to give birth of all the developed countries.
The investigation by USA Today says that there are 700 deaths and more than 50,000 serious injuries when giving birth. The number of fatalities during childbirth has been rising. It is believed that the injuries and deaths are happening because of a failure to adhere to time-tested safety procedures. An estimated half of the fatalities are preventable. Hemorrhaging and a severe form of hypertension are the most prominent causes of death.
Medical professionals are required to keep a close watch on blood loss and pressure to avoid complications. Rather than doing so, they are relying on their eyes to determine the amount of blood loss that is taking place. This can cause mistakes that measuring the precise amount might prevent. When the report examined states individually, Louisiana had the highest rate of maternal death.
After a family has been confronted with serious injury or death during childbirth, the investigation is paramount to determine the cause. It could have been negligent operating room staff, a surgical error, failure to follow established safety protocol and more.
A legal filing can help to secure compensation for the injuries and death to the mother or the newborn. A law firm experienced in medical malpractice should be contacted immediately for help with filing a case.