Maternal death related to pregnancy on the rise in the U.S.

On Behalf of | May 16, 2019 | Medical Malpractice

For New Yorkers, having a child is one of the most exciting and important moments of their lives. Obscured by the euphoria, it is easy to forget that there are risks with having a baby. While birth has become relatively routine, mothers and newborns are still in jeopardy of serious injury and death as part of the process. Medical mistakes, failure to diagnose, errors with medication and more can lead to terrible consequences. For people who have been confronted with an issue related to pregnancy, it is imperative to consider a legal filing to be compensated for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future care and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that says there has been a troubling rise in maternal death related to pregnancy in the U.S. At high risk are black women, Native Americans and people from Alaska. Their death rates are triple what they were in the past. The CDC says more than 50 percent can be prevented. Despite the rarity of these overall deaths with approximately 700 annually, the numbers have been steadily increasing over the past several decades.

Common causes for pregnancy-related fatalities include infections and bleeding. Also problematic are heart-related issues. Women who had undiagnosed health issues can be impacted by them when they are having birth. In its research, the CDC found that an estimated one-third of the deaths occurred during the pregnancy; another third happened within one week post-birth; and the other third happened within a year after birth.

This rise in maternal deaths across the nation is happening simultaneously to improvements in other parts of the world. The maternal death rate reduced by 44 percent from 1990 to 2015 across the world. In the U.S., however, there were 17 deaths for every 100,000 births each year. That is a rise from 12 out of 100,000 births 25 years ago. Concerns include an increase in Cesarean sections and more women being obese. As many as 60 percent of maternal deaths were found to have been preventable.

An unexpected death is always difficult for the family left behind. When the death happens with a mother who is pregnant or recently gave birth, it is even worse. With these statistics, it is a rising concern in the U.S. If the family believes that the death was due to fatal medical errors, hospital negligence or other mistakes, having legal assistance to investigate what happened is critical. Calling a law firm that is experienced in helping families after medical malpractice is the first step toward finding out what happened and pursuing compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.