St. Louis Maternal Death Lawyers
Providing the Compassionate Representation Your Family Needs
The maternal death rate—that is, the rate of mothers who die in childbirth—has steadily declined over the years, but it is still relatively high in the United States. The St. Louis maternal death lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm are passionate about obtaining justice for the surviving family members of mothers who died during childbirth because of a medical professional’s negligence.
With the advancements that have been made in the medical field over the years, no one should have to suffer the loss of a loved one during a relatively routine procedure, such as childbirth. If you have lost someone you love because a medical professional failed to provide an acceptable standard of care, you need an experienced attorney by your side to represent your case. At The Dixon Injury Firm, we know how to hold negligent medical professionals accountable and secure the maximum compensation our clients are owed. Most importantly, our team is here to provide you with the care and support you need during this terrible time.
Maternal Death Is Often Linked to Negligence
There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a loved one, particularly when that loss occurs during something that should be an extremely joyous occasion. However, approximately 700 women die every year in the U.S. due to complications associated with pregnancy or childbirth.
The most common causes of death in childbirth include:
According to the World Health Organization, “in 2015, roughly 303,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.”
While some deaths during childbirth are not preventable, most are entirely avoidable. It’s the responsibility of the medical personnel assigned to the patient to monitor any underlying conditions that might pose a problem during labor, closely observe the patient during their pregnancy and labor, and have procedures in place to keep the patient and their unborn child safe during childbirth.
Medical personnel are required to provide a certain medical standard of care to patients. However, when doctors, nurses, and other medical providers are negligent or provide substandard care, mothers can suffer fatal consequences.
Maternal death in childbirth is often the result of a medical professional’s failure to:
- Become familiar with the patients’ existing health conditions before labor
- Monitor the patient for potential issues in the early stages of labor
- Act quickly during labor if/when complications arise
- Sterilize equipment and the room prior to and throughout the patient’s labor
- Take precautions and avoid handling the patient or their unborn child without the utmost level of care
If you believe your immediate family member was the victim of medical malpractice during childbirth, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for your family’s harm and losses.
Proving Negligence in Maternal Death Claims
Generally, in order to prove that maternal death was the result of medical negligence, you will need to provide:
- Evidence of a doctor-patient relationship
- Proof of the victim’s death
- Evidence that the medical personnel acted in a way that deviates from the way that a relatively prudent and competent medical professional would act when treating a patient
While it’s impossible to put a price tag on the tremendous loss of a family member and/or their unborn child, recovering compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit can provide financial support and relief during this terrible time.
How Our Firm Can Help
During your initial meeting with our legal team, we can analyze your situation, develop a plan to recover compensation from the liable party, and help you gather substantial evidence to support your wrongful death in childbirth claim. Typically, by filing a valid wrongful death claim, the immediate family members of the victim can recover compensatory damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, funeral/burial expenses, and pain and suffering damages. Note that the type and amount of recoverable wrongful death damages varies from case to case.
If you are interested in filing a claim against the medical professional or facility that is responsible for your immediate family member’s wrongful death, it’s crucial to hire an attorney to represent your case. A lawyer can ensure that the victim’s rights are protected and that the odds of recovering compensation for your family member’s death are as high as possible.
If you need financial support or other assistance during this time, a lawyer has your best interests at heart and is available to help in any way they can. If you are ready to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent nurse, doctor, or hospital responsible for your family member’s death in childbirth, contact The Dixon Injury Firm today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with our experienced St. Louis maternal death attorneys.
Helping You Seek Justice
If you lost someone close to you as a result of medical malpractice and are unsure of how to get justice, The Dixon Injury Firm is ready to help. We sympathize with the surviving family members of victims that have died during childbirth and are passionate about recovering the maximum allowable compensation in their cases. Our founding attorney, Christopher Dixon, has helped countless clients recover damages for their family members’ wrongful deaths over the years, and our firm has successfully recovered more than $50,000,000 in total in personal injury settlements and verdicts.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we truly care about your well-being and are ready to do anything it takes to produce the best possible results for your case. We offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything unless/until we recover compensation for you.
Call us today at (314) 208-2808 to request your free initial consultation.