Over the last 25 years, the maternal mortality rate in the United States has substantially increased. Roughly 700 to 900 maternal deaths happen in the country each year. In fact, the C.D.C reports that preventable near-deaths of mothers has risen nearly 200% from 1993 to 2014.
Despite all of the new advanced medical technology being developed by manufacturers every day, various complications continue to arise during childbirth that can result in the death of the mother. That is why our experienced legal professionals are committed to serving clients who have lost loved ones during labor or delivery due to medical negligence. Our attorneys can review your case and explain all of your options under the law and what we can do to help you recover financial compensation for your damages.
Call (401) 200-4059 to set up your free consultation with an attorney at our law office in Providence.
During a normal pregnancy, the woman’s body will increase the production of blood volumes. For some women, the increase in blood volume production might also result in high blood pressure. Patients who had normal blood pressure before they were pregnant but then have high blood pressure and heightened protein levels in their urine can develop preeclampsia. Although doctors don’t know what causes preeclampsia, 5% of all pregnant women will develop preeclampsia.
Warning signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Proteinuria (elevated protein levels in urine)
Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that preeclampsia and eclampsia (seizures that develop after preeclampsia) are 60% more likely to be experienced by African-American women than other demographics.
If preeclampsia goes untreated or undiagnosed, it can result in fatal complications for the mother and infant. Research shows that preeclampsia develops when a person’s body reacts to placenta issues caused by restricted blood flow, though genetic factors can also contribute to the development of preeclampsia.
Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Some of the symptoms of preeclampsia are similar to normal pregnancy conditions, and differentiating between the two can be confusing. For example, a mother may experience swollen ankles, feet, or hands in the later stages of preeclampsia, which is also normal for expecting mothers at this stage.
The following are warning signs and symptoms that tend to occur in the later stages of preeclampsia:
- Severe headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Decreasing blood platelet levels
- Decreasing urine output
- Blurred vision
- A general sense of illness or discomfort
- Impaired liver function
Consult with our Legal Professionals Today
Have you lost a loved one during childbirth? Do you think medical negligence contributed to their death? If so, you should immediately get in touch with our legal team to recover the compensation you deserve for your loss.
We can help surviving family members seek compensation for:
- Emotional pain & suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Final medical bills
- Lost wages
- Childcare costs
- Lost companionship
- Loss of household services
To speak with a Rhode Island birth injury lawyer, call (401) 200-4059 to schedule your free consultation.