San Antonio Birth Injury Lawyers
We Help Victims of Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice
Expectant parents rely on their obstetrician and healthcare team to monitor the pregnancy and plan for labor and delivery. Even in the best circumstances, labor and delivery can be a chaotic and very emotional process. When complications arise, parents need to be able to trust that their doctor will make decisions based on the best interests of mother and child.
Unfortunately, sometimes doctors make mistakes, or make poor choices in how they care for patients. At Brown, Christie & Green, we have worked with numerous families who have suffered harm due to negligence on the part of a doctor. Our San Antonio birth injury lawyers are dedicated to helping families recover after a birth injury changes their lives.
Birth injuries are one of the most traumatic types of medical malpractice.
When doctors provide substandard care, are reckless, or intentionally cause harm, patients are left to pick up the pieces and move on. After a birth injury, that is not an easy task. Birth injuries can cause physical injuries, developmental delays, permanent disability, or even death. Birth injuries also cause a great deal of emotional trauma to the parents and extended family.
If your child has suffered a birth injury caused by doctor negligence, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact Brown, Christie & Green to learn more about your legal rights, and the options available to you to get the justice you deserve.
- Failure to order a c-section when necessary
- Failure to properly monitor vital signs
- Improper use of forceps
- Inappropriate use of medications
- Failure to diagnose or treat infections
- Failure to properly monitor maternal and fetal oxygen levels
Your family should not pay the price of doctor negligence.
The Facts about Birth Safety and Maternal and Fetal Mortality Rates
Maternal Mortality Rates
In 1990, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. was just over one out of every 100,000 patients. In 2015, that number increased dramatically to 26.4 out of every 100,000. That makes the U.S. among the nations with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, and the highest among developed nations. Research by NPR and ProPublica identified the following as serious issues plaguing the U.S. healthcare system in terms of maternal mortality rates:
- Hospitals are inconsistent in their protocols for managing potentially deadly complications or birth injuries, which often allows treatable conditions to escalate to dangerous or deadly levels.
- Hospitals across the U.S., including those with neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and neonatologists on staff are ill prepared to manage maternal emergencies.
- Some doctors who enter the field of maternal-fetal medicine completed their “training” without spending time in a labor and delivery unit.
- Only an estimated 6 percent of state and federal block grants allocated for “maternal and child health” go toward maternal healthcare.
Fetal Mortality Rates
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fetal mortality is one of the major, yet often overlooked, public health concerns facing the U.S. healthcare system. Fetal mortality rates are often an umbrella term that includes perinatal mortality rates also. These two terms are distinguished as follows:
Fetal Mortality: Refers to intrauterine fetal deaths before delivery. Fetal mortality is divided into three categories, which are:
- Early: Less than 20 weeks gestation
- Intermediate: 20-27 weeks gestation
- Late: 28 weeks gestation or more
- Perinatal Mortality: Refers to fetal/infant death occurring during or following delivery. The two categories of perinatal mortality commonly observed include:
- Definition I: Death in the period between 28 weeks gestation and 7 days old post delivery.
- Definition II: Death in the period between 20 weeks gestation and 28 days old post delivery.
Most states only document records for fetal mortality occurring during the intermediate and late stages of pregnancy. Therefore, most data available will refer to 20 weeks or more gestation.
The Heart of the Matter
The field of obstetrics has been compared to aviation. Years may pass without a significant incident among even the worst airlines. Similarly, even the most “cavalier” hospitals may go years without a mother or baby being injured or dying due to a serious birth injury. The fact of the matter is, however, that birth injuries do occur, they do claim the lives of mothers and babies, and often, they can be prevented with the right prevention and treatment methods.