A new global health study published in the prestigious medical journal Lancet reports that the United States has the worst rate of maternal death in childbirth in the developed world, and it is getting worse. American women are more than three times as likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth as Canadian women, and six times as likely to die as Scandinavians.
In a recent analysis by the Congress-created CDC Foundation, nearly 60 percent of such deaths are preventable. The fact that more than half of these deaths could have been prevented is proof that negligence takes place with alarming frequency in our hospitals.
These statistics are truly appalling, and the harm is devastating. Health care providers themselves – who are more often than not dedicated and caring people - do not find it acceptable that some patients fall through the cracks and suffer the consequences of medical negligence.
Patients who suffer harm from medical errors are often left with the impression that they were simply unlucky or somehow at fault. But it’s not enough to self-advocate – it can even backfire if physicians and nurses are not trusted to do the job for which they are well trained. Patients with unexpected and devastating outcomes owe it to themselves and their families – and indeed the health of the medical care system – to have their case reviewed by an attorney who can obtain the appropriate expert evaluations to determine whether liability exists and compensation is available.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember that time deadlines are complex, often short and always unforgiving. A claim brought too late can legally be barred forever. If you or your spouse suffered unexpected harm during pregnancy, delivery or after birth, call Injijian Law Office, APC at 510-926-6036, or contact me online for a free initial consultation.