When giving birth, the safety of the child and the mother is imperative. However, negligence on behalf of the delivery doctor could result in a postpartum hemorrhage that threatens the mother’s life. Unfortunately, some doctors may not offer a mother the care she needs in time. If you or a family member was a victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced Maryland maternal hemorrhage attorney today.
At Bennett & Heyman, we are devoted to providing our clients with the legal representation they need to pursue a negligent doctor for medical malpractice. Our firm has worked with residents of Baltimore and across the State of Maryland, and we would be honored to fight for you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856, or contact us online.
Common Causes of Postpartum Hemorrhages
Maternal hemorrhaging or postpartum hemorrhaging is substantial bleeding that may occur in multiple areas of a mother’s body shortly after giving birth. The loss of blood can be so severe that it requires the doctor in charge to find a way to treat the issue immediately. In some cases, the negligent actions of a doctor may even be the cause of postpartum hemorrhaging.
The following is a list of the common causes of a mother suffering from postpartum hemorrhaging.
Incorrect Use of Birthing Instruments
Forceps and vacuum extractors are often employed to aid in the delivery of a child if the mother has a difficult labor. These birthing instruments are designed to attach to the head of the infant to pull them from the birth canal. However, there is a high potential for the mother to be injured if a doctor does not use a birth instrument correctly.
Exerting too much force while using forceps or a vacuum extractor can cause a mother to suffer a maternal hemorrhage.
A doctor may suggest that a mother has a cesarean section for many reasons. For example, if the unborn child is larger than an average child, the doctor in charge of the pregnancy may suggest a cesarean section to avoid the possibility of the baby become stuck in the birth canal.
To perform a cesarean section, a doctor must cut into the womb of the mother to extract the child. If the doctors performing this procedure make an incorrect incision or cut too deeply, the mother may suffer a postpartum hemorrhage. This type of surgical error can make a doctor liable for the injuries of their patients and other issues that may affect their child.
It is also important to note that a cesarean section may be necessary for a difficult labor where the child could be in the birth canal for an excessive amount of time. A prolonged labor can also be the cause of a postpartum hemorrhage.
There are many other causes of maternal hemorrhages that are not listed above:
- Infection of the uterus
- Premature placenta detachment
- The placenta did not completely separate from the uterine wall
- Excessive administration of medication to induce labor or manage contractions
If your doctor acted negligently and caused you to suffer a postpartum hemorrhage, contact an experienced Maryland medical malpractice lawyer.
When to File a Birth Hemorrhage Injury Lawsuit in Maryland
If you were injured due to the negligence of a doctor that was in charge of your pregnancy, you should waste no time in filing your birth injury lawsuit. It is important to remember that medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain amount of time. The reason for this is the statute of limitations, which sets the filing deadline for a particular type of lawsuit.
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits is five years from the date the injury was committed. This means that the filing deadline would begin to run on the day that a doctor committed negligence that caused a mother to suffer a postpartum hemorrhage.
In some cases, the mother may not be aware that they were injured due to the negligence of a doctor. When this happens, the statute of limitations will change to three years from the date the mother discovered her injuries.
If a mother passed away due to complications at birth that were avoidable, her family might also seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, Maryland limits the plaintiffs in this claim to immediate family members like a wife, husband, parent, or child. Wrongful death lawsuits also have a filing deadline of three years after the date of the decedent’s death.
Our Experienced Maryland Maternal Hemorrhage Lawyers are Ready to Work with You
If you or a family member was injured when giving birth, consult with an experienced Maryland maternal hemorrhage malpractice attorney today. The experienced legal team at Bennett & Heyman will work tirelessly to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You do not have to handle your injury claim alone. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856.