Georgia Ranks Poorly for Maternal Deaths, Atlanta Attorney Explains
The United States is currently the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby. According to an investigative news article published by USA Today:
- Fewer than 20 states with panels examining maternal deaths acknowledge flaws in medical care.
- Out of 10 states with the highest rate of maternal deaths, only four panels reported on these flaws.
- More than one third of all states in the US don’t have a panel and don’t examine maternal deaths.
- Within 18 states that don’t have review panels, roughly 1,165 maternal deaths occurred between 2011 and 2016.
How prevalent are maternal deaths in Georgia?
The state of Georgia had a total of 130,042 births in 2016. Between 2012 and 2016, the state has had an average death rate of 48.4 per 100,000 births.
A, a review panel was implemented after the passage of Senate Bill 273 in 2014. Since then, the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), which studies medical care flaws and offers solutions to keep maternal patients safe, has released reports for 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, Georgia had a total of 85 maternal deaths:
- 25 were pregnancy-related.
- 60 were pregnancy associated.
- 32 percent of pregnancy-related deaths happened while the maternal patient was pregnant or within one day of giving birth.
- Hemorrhages were the most common cause, accounting for 28 percent of pregnancy-related deaths. Other factors included hypertension (16%), cardiac arrest (16%), embolism (16%), and seizure (12%).
In 2013, Georgia had a slight dip in maternal deaths, totaling 79:
- 32 were pregnancy-related
- 47 were pregnancy-associated
- 16 of the pregnancy-related deaths were deemed preventable
In 69 percent of all pregnancy-related deaths, maternal patients had pre-existing medical conditions.
Cardiomyopathy was the leading cause of death, accounting for 25 percent of all cases.
Losing a loved one isn’t easy. We’re here to help
If you lost a loved one because a hospital failed to take appropriate steps to prevent fatal birth-related complications, you may be confused, frustrated, and looking for answers. You need an experienced, compassionate birth injury lawyer on your side who will work tirelessly to meet your needs.
If you are the closest surviving relative to the maternal patient, you may be able to sue the hospital or medical facility in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, your claim must be filed within two years of the death; otherwise, it will be denied.
Your attorney may uncover compensation on behalf of the deceased person for:
- Medical costs relating to the maternal patient’s death
- Loss of wages and potential earning capacity of the deceased person
- Guidance, companionship, and support the deceased maternal patient would have provided
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Mental, emotional, and physical pain suffered by relatives
At the Tyrone Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping families of deceased maternal patients seek the justice they deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can help.