When it comes to childbirth, babies aren’t the only ones who can
sustain severe injuries due to the negligence of physicians and hospital staff.
American mothers face an exceptionally high risk of maternal injury during
and after birth compared to other developed nations. According to an
investigation conducted by USA Today in 2018, approximately 50,000 mothers suffer severe injuries during or
after childbirth, roughly 700 of which die due to related causes.
Many such deaths and severe injuries occur due to the following treatable causes:
Hypertension—If not identified quickly and treated as quickly as possible, high
blood pressure can cause new mothers to experience strokes, which can
result in death. Medical professionals and hospital staff must remain
vigilant in monitoring blood pressure before, during, and after birth,
and they bear the responsibility to medicate mothers who are in the “danger
zone” in order to avoid seizures and prevent death.
Hemorrhaging—Severe blood loss causes hundreds of maternal deaths every year,
despite being preventable in 90 percent of recorded cases. In order to
behave responsibly, hospitals and doctors are required to conduct regular
training and drills, remain stocked up on materials and tools needed to
stop bleeding, and regularly evaluate new and delivering mothers for hemorrhaging.
We Serve Those Affected by Birth Injuries & Wrongful Death in Philadelphia
At Golomb & Honik, P.C., we understand the heavy weight of responsibility
doctors and hospital staff members bear when delivering babies and providing
post-partum care for new mothers. We have served many families who have
been adversely affected by the inattention or inappropriate action by
obstetricians, nurses, and other parties who play a role in ensuring the
safety and wellbeing of new mothers and their children. If you or someone
you love has suffered maternal injury due to inadequately treated hypertension,
hemorrhaging, or any other cause, connect with one of our
Philadelphia birth injury attorneys as soon as possible and let us help you evaluate your legal options.
Call (215) 278-4449 now to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.