Have you or your child suffered from birth injuries that could have been prevented? If so, you’ll find that medical professionals can be held responsible for such injuries. You may benefit by speaking with a personal injury lawyer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on various disparities in maternal mortality rates due to pregnancy and giving birth.
Currently, Native American, African American, and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to pass away due to pregnancy-related reasons than white women.
“These disparities are devastating for families and communities,” stated Emily Petersen, M.D., medical officer at CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health.
Non-Hispanic black women suffered pregnancy-related mortality rates of 40.8 per 100,000 births, while non-Hispanic Native American/Alaskan Native women faced mortality rates related to pregnancy of 29.7 per 100,000 births. At the same time, the CDC claims that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable.
Furthermore, the maternal mortality rate seems to be tied to geography. While California and Massachusetts have the lowest maternal mortality rates in the United States, other states such as Louisiana and Georgia have maternal mortality rates of 58.1 per 100,000 women and 48.4 per 100,000 women, respectively.
If maternal mortality rates can have such disparities, it is clear that birth injuries could also be prevented when these disparities are taken into account. If you believe you or your child experienced a birth injury due to the negligence of a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, you can speak with a personal injury lawyer experienced in medical malpractice lawsuits. If a healthcare professional was careless and made a mistake when delivering your child, you or your baby may end up suffering from a severe illness or birth injury.
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, the most competent and experienced personal injury lawyer will work to get you the compensation you deserve.