Formulating a legal response to a maternal death
When a baby is born in a Houston hospital, family, friends and well-wishers will almost always inquire into the health of the newborn. The health and wellbeing of the mother is also a frequent topic of concern, even though most births proceed without serious harm to mother or baby. Still, in some tragic cases maternal death will occur during, preceding or after childbirth. In such shocking situations, devastated families may wish to know more about their legal options in relation to OB/GYN negligence.
If a mother dies due to pregnancy-related injuries or complications in childbirth, a skilled attorney can help a family determine if the incident was a wrongful death. A fatal injury may be a wrongful death if it was caused by the negligence of a doctor or other medical provider, such as an obstetric nurse. Still, multiple elements must be demonstrated in a wrongful death case and there may be multiple incidents of negligence involved. Texas childbirth injury attorneys can help a grieving family understand the factors involved in a successful suit and the benefits of pursuing a wrongful death action.
At the law firm of Hampton & King, the experienced attorneys routinely handle cases involving maternal death as well as non-fatal pregnancy-related injury. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report gave the firm a medical malpractice Tier 1 metro ranking; that rank appeared in the publication's list of Best Law Firms in America.
Unfortunately, maternal death is still a pressing issue in the United States. Some may be startled to learn that in 2013, nearly 800 maternal deaths took place in the U.S. Families of these deceased women have important rights, though, and these rights can be asserted if the death was caused by another's negligence or recklessness. Families wishing to learn more about their rights and options can schedule a no-fee consultation with the Texas medical malpractice and birth injury lawyers.