Atlanta maternal death lawyers who demand justice for grieving families
Let a compassionate Atlanta maternal death attorney stand up for you
The Atlanta maternal death lawyers from the Tyrone Law Firm have seen far too many cases of women dying due to pregnancy-related complications. Tragically, many of those deaths were due to the negligence of a physician and could have been avoided. Irresponsible physicians need to be held accountable for their recklessness, and through a medical malpractice claim, our legal team can bring justice to grieving loved ones in the form of financial compensation.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates about 700 women die from complications related to pregnancy every year in the U.S., where the chances of a mother dying while giving birth are approximately 1 in 3,500 ─ a staggering number for any developed country. What’s even more distressing: 60 percent of those pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.
Maternal death can happen during the woman’s pregnancy, during labor, during a natural delivery, during a planned or emergency C-section, or in the six weeks after the mother has given birth and already left the hospital. If you think the death of a pregnant or new mother may have been caused by some form of medical malpractice ─ or even if you’re not entirely sure ─ our experienced Atlanta maternal death attorneys want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.
What are the major causes of maternal death?
While maternal deaths have been on the rise in the U.S., a recent study revealed that from 2012-2016, Georgia had the second-highest maternal death rate out of every state in the country. During that period of time, Georgia’s maternal death rate was 48.4 per 100,000, second only to Louisiana, which was at 58.1 per 100,000. In that same report, Georgia was listed as having the fifth-highest maternal harm rate at 172.8 per 100,000, meaning those mothers experienced some form of harm during childbirth. Current CDC data lists Georgia as having the highest maternal death rate from Postpartum hemorrhage.
Some of the major causes of maternal death include:
Infection: A mother can get an infection from long labor, unsanitary hospital conditions, or an unsanitary delivery. Infections can lead to sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening disorder that causes the immune system to attack the body. This could result in sepsis shock, and, in turn, cause death.
Postpartum Hemorrhages: Excessive bleeding can occur when a mother loses more than 500 mL of blood during childbirth. Medical professionals can treat this condition with medication and by taking other measures, including emergency surgery. Death can occur if a mother loses too much blood during childbirth or an emergency C-section.
Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (Preeclampsia): A serious pregnancy disorder, preeclampsia’s symptoms include high blood pressure, protein in the mother’s urine, and generalized swelling. There are certain maternal risk factors that may contribute to preeclampsia, and if left untreated, preeclampsia may lead to HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening pregnancy complication, and eclampsia, which is a seizure disorder. Those with warning signs of preeclampsia need proper care from a medical provider to help reduce the risk of further complications.
Blood Clots: Whether it’s a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or a blood clot that forms in the veins (deep vein thrombosis), this is a serious condition that can lead to maternal death ─ but it doesn’t have to. Blood clot symptoms can be identified well before a blood clot becomes fatal. It’s up to medical providers and physicians to identify the symptoms and treat the condition before it’s too late.
Let an Atlanta maternal death lawyer hold them accountable
A lot of physicians and hospitals put all of their focus on the newborn baby and pay far less attention toward the health of the baby’s mother. During pregnancy and after birth, doctors need to keep a close eye on the mother’s health to avoid or treat any pregnancy-related complications or conditions. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and tragedy strikes in the form of maternal death.
The maternal death attorneys from our Atlanta law firm help families and people who are dealing with devastating and unimaginable loss. Our lawyers stand up for and beside victims of medical malpractice and guide them through the legal process to hold the physicians who are responsible accountable for their negligence. We understand your pain and heartbreak, and we are ready to help you make things right. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.