Cincinnati, Ohio Hospital Negligence Attorney and Medical malpractice lawyer reviewing postpartum maternal death lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide
According to an analysis of data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), around 60 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and many due to medical malpractice and hospital negligence. About 700 women die in the United States each year in from pregnancy-related complications. Even with postpartum maternal deaths on the rise in recent years, a deeper understanding is needed related to pregnancy-related deaths and medical strategies to prevent future deaths.
Medical experts have worked together with Ohio medical malpractice attorneys in filing postpartum maternal death lawsuits, holding individual physicians and hospitals liable for preventable injuries and deaths. In medical data recording, maternal deaths that occur due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, or within six weeks after giving birth, are recorded as maternal mortality.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati Hospital Negligence Attorney and Medical Malpractice Lawyer reviewing pregnancy-related malpractice and postpartum maternal death lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
Ohio Maternal Deaths & Pregnancy Complications
In 1990, about 17 maternal deaths were recorded for every 100,000 pregnant women in the U.S. Pregnancy-related deaths have risen over the last 25 years, and in 2015, more than 26 deaths were recorded per 100,000 pregnant women. On top of that, the health risks are consistently three to four times higher for black women than white women.
Pregnancy-related conditions, like high blood pressure and blood clotting disorders, result in severe injuries, due sometimes in part to medical malpractice. When most people think about maternal deaths, they imagine medical emergencies like a hemorrhage while in labor. But not all maternal deaths actually occur during childbirth. In fact, four out of five of maternal deaths happen in the weeks and months before or after birth. Much is to be investigated, including unsafe medical care, maternal education, and timely medical care.
After giving birth, women are sent home from the hospital, usually on their own until a consultation several weeks later. Between maternal checkups, mothers experience a myriad of health complications. Over time, the health risks become increasingly severe.
Maternal Injuries & Maternal Mortality
About 31 percent of deaths occur during pregnancy, 36 percent on the day of delivery or within a week after, and 33% percent from 1 week to 1 year postpartum. Medical professionals and hospitals must do more to ensure the safety of pregnant women. Agencies and hospitals can issue health guidelines to better handle emergencies. Mothers can also take measures to care for themselves and recognize serious health complications before it’s too late. Common causes of injury and death include:
- Cerebrovascular accidents
- Acute obstetric emergencies
- Amniotic fluid embolism
- C-Section complications
- Thrombotic pulmonary embolism
- Hospital Infection
Postpartum Maternal Death Lawsuits
Between 2011 and 2015, 3,410 pregnancy-related deaths occurred in the United States. About three of five of the pregnancy-related deaths were determined by MMRCs to be preventable. The Lyon Firm specializes in representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases and postpartum maternal death lawsuits. Hospitals and medical centers have a responsibility to protect pregnant women, not only during delivery but in the weeks to months after.
If a loved one has suffered a maternal death or injury, and you have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Cincinnati medical malpractice attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding postpartum maternal death lawsuits.