The United States of America has the highest mortality rate for women during childbirth than any other developed country. Pregnancy-related deaths in the United States have risen since 2000 while other countries’ rates have gone down. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has called for standardized care for the treatment of women in labor in an attempt to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths due primarily to heavy bleeding after delivery, elevated blood pressure, and blood clots before or after delivery as reported in a recent article by NPR.ORG.
The reports and results are disturbing as the birth of a child should be one of the most beautiful moments of a parent’s life. Many people associate medical malpractice during childbirth as causing injuries to the infant. However, as those familiar with New York Medical Malpractice law know, there are numerous reported cases of injuries sustained by the mother giving birth, with many of those injuries resulting in death.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits involving injuries to woman as a result of medical negligence during the birthing process. As is evident from the above article, there appears to be a growing disconnect between the medical profession and the proper medical care of woman giving birth.