Maternal Injury Lawyers
Maternal injury and death rates have reached a critical point in the US, higher than any other developed country, and the consequences are utterly devastating. If you or your loved one has suffered preventable injuries during childbirth, you need experienced maternal Injury lawyers who can guide you through the process of obtaining vital compensation for injury or death due to medical negligence.
Medical negligence during childbirth occurs far more frequently than it should. Of the more than 50,000 mothers who are injured annually in the US, more than half would have been protected if medical personnel had been following well-established standards of care. A new morbidity study published by the Centers for Disease Control established that of the more than 700 maternal deaths that occur each year, 60% are preventable.
While the ideal pregnancy ends with a happy, healthy mother and child, when maternal injuries occur during childbirth, families may need expert professional help in determining who is at fault and who should be responsible for the significant expenses that may have been incurred. McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt’s experienced maternal Injury lawyers handle cases involving:
- Unmonitored blood loss
- Organ failure
- Untreated high blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Untreated infections
- Fertility loss
- Maternal death
Monitoring Maternal Blood Loss and Blood Pressure
The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) has carefully established guidelines for medical personnel to ensure that maternal blood loss and blood pressure are properly monitored and treated. The dire statistics about maternal injury and death, coupled with internal hospital records, indicate that AIM’s standards are too frequently ignored, with devastating consequences. According to a USA Today investigation, an examination of data from roughly twelve Pennsylvania hospitals reveals that mothers were promptly and properly treated only 49 to 67 percent of the time.
AIM guidelines rely on proven procedures that are remarkably simple. The guidelines don’t require the use of complicated or expensive technology. But the fact remains that the injuries and losses experienced during childbirth are both profound and preventable. Blood loss that evolves into hemorrhages, both internal and external, and dangerously rising maternal blood pressure are the two key areas in which injury and death are both most preventable and most common.
Unmonitored blood loss during childbirth can cause serious organ damage, resulting in diminished quality of life. Some mothers with excessive blood loss require organ transplants, with effects that will endure for the mother’s lifetime. Other mothers needlessly die simply because medical personnel fails to ascertain if and when a mother has lost a dangerous amount of blood.
It is not uncommon for mothers in pregnancy and labor to experience high blood pressure. If treated promptly, outcomes are typically good for both mother and baby. If untreated, high blood pressure can lead to strokes and even to death.
Far too often, simple medical negligence is to blame for mothers whose childbirth experiences turn tragic, resulting in diminished quality of life or death. Husbands, partners, and families can be left with astronomical medical bills and the need for ongoing care and therapy. When medical professionals fail families, the only resort is for those families to find attorneys who will advocate for appropriate compensation. McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt’s maternal Injury lawyers will work to ease the effects of difficult and preventable losses during childbirth.
After Maternal Injury or Death, a Difficult Future
Thousands of mothers every year, in hospitals and birthing centers of all sizes, suffer needless injury and death because of medical negligence. Knowing that so many maternal injuries are preventable only makes the magnitude of loss greater.
Mothers who are injured may face futures quite different from the bright ones they imagined. Instead of joyfully bonding with their newborns, mothers may experience side effects from the medication that keeps them from rejecting transplanted organs. Mothers who have suffered paralysis will need significant assistance in caring for their newborns. Mothers whose injuries have resulted in infertility may never again know the joy of carrying another life to term.
And so much greater the loss felt by the husbands, partners, and families left behind when a mother dies due to medical negligence. Families scramble to care for newborns, while they struggle to deal with unnecessary grief. Household incomes are depleted and strained by the loss of a partner, and childcare responsibilities are doubled for surviving husbands and partners.
Finding a Way Forward
Mothers and families who have suffered injuries and loss deserve compensation when the medical profession fails them. In fact, we know that hospitals, healthcare organizations, and states – like California – that require more stringent monitoring and treatment of emergent maternal health – deliver better outcomes. It is only by holding the medical community accountable for their mistakes that communities, families, and the legal profession can encourage the healthcare industry to adopt the AIM guidelines that we know will result in better outcomes: fewer injuries and maternal deaths.
The experienced, compassionate maternal Injury lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt will fight for the compensation your family is due. When an obstetrician, treating physician, anesthesiologist, or any other medical professional is negligent, we will work hard to prove your case and recover your expenses for your medical care and ongoing treatment needs if warranted. We’ll help you find out what went wrong and who is responsible.
If your family is suffering as a result of maternal injury or death, contact McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt for a free consultation. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency basis, which means that we only collect legal fees if we obtain compensation for you.