The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion, but it is an unfortunate reality that things do sometimes go wrong during the process – putting both mothers and newborns at risk. When the death of a mother occurs during childbirth, it is devastating. What is even more upsetting is when the death is the result of negligence. When the death of a mother did not need to happen, there is every reason to be angry, and there is every reason to consider legal action.

At the firm of Davis Levin Livingston, we help clients pursue wrongful death cases following the unnecessary death of a mother during childbirth. Such a tragic event has long-lasting repercussions, and a successful legal case cannot erase any of the pain or tragedy. But as successful case can provide financial support to the newborn and the family, and it can make sure that the responsible party is held accountable.

Reasons For The Death Of A Mother During Childbirth

Although any number of things can happen to lead to the death of a mother in childbirth, there are some causes that are more common than others. Some of these include:

Placenta Previa

When the placenta is implanted abnormally, it can sometimes lead to excessive bleeding. It should be easy to spot in an ultrasound, but when missed, can lead to shock and even death.

Placenta Abruption

When the placenta detaches from the wall of the uterus prematurely, it can lead to bleeding and to blood being trapped in the uterus – which can go unnoticed by doctors. It can cause hemorrhage, renal failure and cardiac failure in mothers.

Uterine Rupture

A breaching of the wall of the uterus, it can cause excessive blood loss and sometimes death.

Bleeding after Childbirth

The process of childbirth can cause tears and bleeding in the mother’s body. If unidentified, this bleeding can lead to death.

Signs Of Medical Malpractice

There are many other possibilities that can lead to severe injury and death during childbirth, which is why it is so important that doctors and medical staff be aware and alert to any signs of complications. Many safety regulations, rules of practice and legal guidelines are in place to ensure that medical providers are comprehensive in their treatment of patients and that they do everything possible to protect them, but sometimes individuals or businesses cut corners. Either through carelessness, willful acts or poor training, they fail to do their duty. Tragedy happens as a result.

It can be difficult for the patient or their loved ones to notice that malpractice is happening, which is why it is so important to contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney if you ever suspect malpractice. A good attorney will know the signs of medical malpractice, which may include:

Determining Fault

Doctors and staff may not be willing to admit that any mistakes were made, making it difficult for a family to determine what really happened. This is why attorneys are trained to recognize medical mistakes, and to conduct thorough investigations of a situation, including gathering witness testimonies.

Our firm has conducted numerous medical malpractice investigations, making us very familiar with the process. We know how to get to the bottom of the situation and determine exactly who was at fault, and we know how to prove that fault in the courtroom.

Your Next Steps

If you have lost a spouse or a loved on during childbirth, you are likely suffering more than most people can understand. Having worked with clients in situations similar to yours, we grasp the depth of the situation. We urge you, if you suspect that the death was a result of negligence, to please contact our firm and discuss what happened. We offer free initial consultations, so we can help you understand your legal options and how to move forward.

It is important to move quickly in these circumstances. Contact us now to get started on your case. We cannot take back what happened, but we can ensure that the responsible party is held accountable.