Being pregnant and the anticipation of having a little one running around can be stressful, but we know it can also be a wonderful thing. Children are something that so many people want in life, so when the time comes, you are filled with excitement. The last thing you expect is for something to go wrong and for the baby or the mother to be harmed.
Childbirth is complicated and not easy on the human body. We recognize that sometimes there are errors and they are nobody’s fault. We also know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US and that some of those mistakes happen during childbirth.
When you need a Philadelphia birth injury attorney, you can count on the Weitz Firm to be by your side.
Consider this – according to the CDC, there are around 4 million births in the United States each year. There are also more than 23,000 infant deaths each year, many of which happen because of birth injuries.
Why is the US infant mortality rate higher than any other developed country in the world?
Why are the following problems so common?
The injuries listed above can lead to a child having brain damage, developmental delays, learning disabilities, paralysis, and more. In the worst cases, they can even lead to death.
In the US, more women are dying from pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country and the numbers are rising, not falling. An NPR study shows that treatable complications become lethal all too often. Doctors and nurses often fail to notice or treat mothers with appropriate medical care if they are in distress while giving birth.
One cause of these problems is attributed to many doctors entering the maternal-fetal medicine specialty where they can complete training without ever having to spend time in a labor-delivery unit.
Untrained doctors cause mothers and children significant harm.
If a mother and baby survive a birth injury, then they could be in for medical complications that last a lifetime. This can mean constant medical treatment.
It also means it costs more money in the form of specialized care, trained caregivers, and lost income if one parent has to leave their job.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
Why should someone else’s negligence put you in financial jeopardy?
There are not many things more devastating than mistake during childbirth. We trust the medical professionals around us to deliver a high standard of care at all times. When they fail to do so, the consequences can be devastating. We recognize that sometimes there are problem in childbirth that are nobody’s fault. We also know that when someone else makes a mistake, they should be held accountable.