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Did Your Newborn Suffer Cerebral
Palsy or Another Brain Injury Before
or During Labor and Delivery?

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Our Birth Brain Injury Resource Guide

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Get a FREE guide of resources available throughout Ohio to children and families of children who were born with brain injuries.

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Maternal Death: General Causes

Losing a loved one is never easy, but accepting that the mother of a child has passed away because of a negligent event is almost unbearable.

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A physician’s mistake during the pregnancy of the labor process can have life-altering implications for the family members. While no one should have to experience this, it’s all too real for many mothers and their loved ones.

Unfortunately, labor and delivery can be an overwhelming and even risky process. Although medical technology and child birthing techniques have come a long way to help prevent the death of a mother, unfortunately, maternal death can and does still occur.

In situations in which it claims the mother's life, survivors may be eligible to pursue financial compensation with the help of a medical negligence attorney. Maternal death cases can be some of the most difficult to handle because no amount of money can ever replace your loved one's loss. There are far too many causes of medical malpractice that lead to the death of the mother.

Many of these can be completely prevented. One of the leading causes of medical malpractice and maternal complications is preeclampsia. This condition usually appears during the second or the third trimester of the pregnancy. Hundreds of women die from preeclampsia every year, and thousands more suffer from a variety of conditions caused by wrongly diagnosed preeclampsia or undiagnosed preeclampsia. These can include:

  • Blood loss
  • Stroke
  • Organ failure
  • Infant death
  • Premature birth
  • Organ failure

Conditions That Become Serious During Labor and Delivery

Many other conditions could be manageable and treatable in most situations but could escalate quickly into a life-threatening situation. If the medical staff at your facility do not have the appropriate training or are not focused on keeping the mother safe over the course of labor and delivery, maternal death can occur. Some of the most common conditions in which warning signs are often misdiagnosed or unrecognized include:

  • Hemorrhaging
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Amniotic fluid embolism
  • Uterine rupture
  • HELLP syndrome

Injuries for Mother and Baby Due to Medical Malpractice

Furthermore, some situations can lead to injuries for both the mother and baby, some of which can be deadly. These include:

  • Infection
  • A ruptured placenta
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Prolonged labor
  • C-section

Deaths associated with maternal death claims can be extremely complex. Identifying who is responsible and the types of compensation to which you may be entitled is a complicated process and one that should be managed by an experienced lawyer. If you believe that the mother of a newborn suffered fatal injuries because of a doctor's malpractice, you have rights.

A maternal death attorney working at our firm can help you recover monetary damages to ensure a smooth recovery for the family. The right lawyer can make a difference when you have so many other things to worry about in the wake of this devastating incident. Trusting your case to an attorney who cares and who will work hard on behalf of your family is one of the most important things you will do after a medical negligence event.

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