Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. However, though pregnancy, labor, and delivery are extremely routine, they're not without risk.
In fact, approximately 700 women die due to pregnancy or delivery complications annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many more suffer serious injuries.
While some pregnancy or delivery injuries and complications are unavoidable, others were preventable with the proper prenatal and childbirth care.
When doctors, nurses, and other medical providers make serious errors or fail to take appropriate actions, the consequences to both the mother and child can be devastating.
Examples of birth injuries to mothers that may be caused by negligent health care workers include:
- Preeclampsia. If undiagnosed or untreated, high blood pressure during pregnancy can lead to a condition known as preeclampsia, which might cause seizures, cognitive problems, or the death of the mother and/or child.
- C-section complications. Delayed C-sections or improperly-performed surgical births can result in broken pelvic bones, injuries to the uterus or bladder, or subsequent infections.
- Episiotomy complications. Making a small incision in the vaginal tissue during childbirth may aid in delivery, but if performed or sutured incorrectly, episiotomies may cause excessive bleeding or nerve damage, or lead to infection.
- Anesthesia complications. Many women opt for spinal epidurals, narcotics, or other anesthesia options to ease the pain of childbirth. While under the effects of these treatments, vitals such as heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood pressure must be closely monitored to prevent injury.
Mothers who've sustained a serious birth injury due to a medical provider's negligence may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and be entitled to compensation for injuries and other losses.
Consult an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
If you experienced an injury during pregnancy, labor, or delivery that you believe was caused by a medical provider's error or inaction, it's important to understand your legal rights and options.
The knowledgeable birth injury attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can review your case and answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.