Today, the United States is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. Approximately 50,000 mothers experience serious complications from childbirth and about 28,000 infants are born with a birth injury. Tragically, many of these could have been prevented with proper medical care. Instead, the malpractice of some physicians has led to devastating consequences for families on what should have been one of the happiest days of their lives.
There are a number of complications that can result from pregnancy or childbirth, many of which can be life-threatening or fatal:
Complications Seen in Mothers:
- Cesarean section complications
- Excessive bleeding
- Hemorrhage during pregnancy or childbirth
- Maternal infection or diabetes
- Medical errors
- Placental rupture
- Side effects from harmful prescription drugs
Complications Seen in Newborns:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Caput succedaneum (scalp swelling)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Head or brain injuries
- Insufficient oxygen levels
- Lacerations or cuts on a newborn because of birth trauma
- Serious birth abnormalities that were not screened
While Massachusetts is known for having some of the best healthcare facilities in the country, this is hardly comforting for those who have experienced a pregnancy or birth-related injury firsthand. At Sweeney Merrigan, we hope that our legal work holds medical professionals and hospitals responsible for their mistakes and elevates care for mothers and their babies across the state.
You and your child deserve the full support of the law to live a happy, healthy life. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a birth injury, and you suspect negligence, reach out to us today at 617-391-9001 or fill out our online contact form for a free legal consultation.
A partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP in Boston, J. Tucker Merrigan represents individual clients throughout all of Massachusetts and the United States—concentrating his practice on cases that involve personal injury, defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, and insurance law. Known for strong client relationships and positive results, Merrigan has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney by National Trial Lawyers from 2015-2018 and named Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2018.