As reported by Propublica and NPR, the US has the highest rate of maternal
deaths in the developed world and 60% of these deaths are preventable.
With Mothers Day just around the corner, these troubling statistics are
especially concerning . In fact, over the past decade, the maternal death
rate in the US has gone up while it has declined everywhere else. At Rourke
& Blumenthal, we are acutely aware of this crisis. We are representing
families whose mother/wife/daughter has suffered catastrophic harm before,
during, or after childbirth. All of these incidents should have been prevented.
While we are seeking damages for these horrific losses, we are also seeking
changes in our hospitals. For example, had local hospitals adopted available
toolkits to identify and treat maternal hypertension and preeclampsia,
one of our clients would have avoided a catastrophic stroke after childbirth.
https://www.cmqcc.org/resources-tool-kits/toolkits/preeclampsia-toolkit. By uncovering the inadequate training and policies at local hospitals
in regard to common causes of maternal death, Rourke & Blumenthal
strives to obtain improvements in maternal care.
This Mothers Day, celebrate the love and caring that mothers give to us
daily, but also seek to have local hospitals improve the level of care
that mothers receive. They deserve it!