Why American Hospitals Experience High Maternal Mortality Rates
American Mothers Face Greater Risk of Death than in any Other Developed Country
The maternal death rate in the United States is at least 3 times greater than that of any other developed nation in the world, including Turkey, Israel, Canada, and others. Approximately 700 mothers die every year due during pregnancy, childbirth, or in the weeks that follow. An estimated 60,000 others suffer major complications and injuries.
These statistics point to larger problems in the American healthcare system. Despite widespread availability of materials, tools, medications, and explicitly outlined safety practices for preventing maternal complications and death, many physicians, hospitals, and medical staff members fail to prevent avoidable deaths during and after labor and delivery.
This can take a variety of forms, including:
- Failure to ensure availability of life-saving tools, medications, and materials in delivery room
- Failure to promptly identify and treat pregnant women who experience high blood pressure
- Failure to frequently conduct safety training and pregnancy-related emergency drills
- Failure to monitor blood pressure appropriately and respond promptly
- Failure to assess blood loss using approved, accurate methods
- Failure to quickly connect with blood banks regarding transfusions needed
Signs You May Be Experiencing Dangerous Post-Partum Complications
Part of the reason so many mothers die after childbirth is that many who complain of discomfort or painful symptoms in the days and weeks following childbirth are often dismissed or forced to wait, resulting in worsening of symptoms and eventual death. If you suspect you are experiencing the signs of a serious problem, insist that your medical provider evaluate and treat you as soon as possible in order to prevent death or severe health complications.
Seek immediate medical attention immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blood loos
- Severe headaches
- Difficulty seeing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or imbalance
Have You Experienced a Maternal Injury or Death Due to Medical Negligence? Call an Illinois Birth Injury Lawyer Today at (866) 766-3806.
Beam Legal Team, LLC provides legal service to mothers who have been injured through medical negligence, as well as families who are left behind in the wake of tragic, preventable maternal death.
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you believe a doctor or hospital failed to provide you or your loved one with acceptable, prompt care. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to adhere to known safety practices and do everything possible to avoid disaster and death. However, this is often not the case, and many mothers who complain of symptoms or experience complications during pregnancy die as a result, leaving behind spouses, children, and other heartbroken family members.
Our Illinois birth injury attorneys are here to help you fight for justice and hold the responsible party accountable for the results of their negligence. While we understand that no verdict or amount of compensation can bring back a deceased loved one, it can help those left behind with medical bills, funeral costs, and any long-term expenses incurred as a result of a healthcare provider’s failure.
Let us be your advocates. Call (866) 766-3806 today to speak to one of our Illinois birth injury lawyers about your case.