Childbirth is an exciting and life-altering event for most Massachusetts’s mothers. Mothers may be alarmed to learn that pregnancy and giving birth may be dangerous to the mother’s health, especially if there is medical negligence during birth. One news agency has revealed some of the findings of an ongoing investigation into the care and medical treatment of pregnant mothers.
The news agency has revealed alarming data and statistics that may indicate that many injuries and deaths of pregnant mothers are the results of poor care and medical mistakes. The news agency claims that almost 90 percent of deaths that result from hemorrhages could be prevented, and as many as 60 percent of deaths that result from high blood pressure could be prevented. In addition, the agency claims that medical professionals know how to prevent the deaths of mothers but many are not taking necessary measures.
The federal government mandates that hospitals report the deaths of patients in many different areas but not in maternal care. In addition, states have conducted little to no research into the deaths of mothers, but federal funding has recently been approved to encourage future research. The research revealed that many mothers may have a higher chance of suffering complications at some hospitals more than others.
Although investigations such as this one often prompt hospitals and physicians to provide better care for patients, it does not help those who have already suffered injury or death due to negligence during birth. Whether the injury occurs to the mother, baby or both, mothers may wish to seek legal advice from a medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts. In some cases, patients who have been harmed may be awarded compensation to help cover unexpected future and past medical expenses.