It’s the happiest day of your life, the day your child is born and you get to finally look down at his or her face for the first time. Unfortunately for Cassie Miskin, a new mother of twins from Utah, that first glance was one of the few she was able to take. After six years of trying, she became a mother, if only for a day.
Despite the evolved state of medicine, people are uneasy as they prepare to bring children into this world. Will I need a lawyer? What happens in the case of a wrongful death? What can I do to prepare?
By the Numbers
There are 353,000 babies being born each day around the world. That’s 3,530,000 little toes and 3,530,000 little fingers waiting to be kissed, and countless lives that will be affected by these souls.
Living in modern times you’d assume that doing something like giving birth would be a breeze. Unfortunately during pregnancy, in labor, in delivery and for the following six weeks after, there are an average of 15.1 maternal wrongful death cases per 100,000 births.
Wrongful Death During Birth
Whether you’re in Provo, Utah or the Big Apple, mother wrongful death cases are often preventable. Signs and symptoms that can be spotted before harm occurs usually foreshadow serious health problems. When you prepare for your due date, don’t worry so much about finding a lawyer as you worry about finding a good medical staff.
If you find yourself concerned talk to your doctor about the risks. You can get information on things like placenta previa, placental abruption, uterine rupture, postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia. By staying informed, you can learn warning signs to look out for.
In the case that the worst happens, your family can receive damages that cover the cost of medical care, funeral costs, loss of wages and money for your beneficiaries.
With a good lawyer on your side, you are always prepared.