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Lowest Rated Hospitals Have Highest Rates of Child Birth Complications

December 10, 2014

According to a new study, of the approximately 4 million women who deliver a baby every year in the US, approximately 13% suffer at least one major complication. You can read that study here. From failure to monitor maternal health and fetal progress to a failure to accurately identify the need for a C-section in time, these complications come in many forms and can and do have serious consequences.

The study also found a disturbing trend. According to the study, those rates of complications vary significantly across the country. Compared to better-performing hospitals, the lowest-performing hospitals in the country are frequently the scene of higher rates of complications and errors. For example, according to the study, women who underwent cesarean sections at a lower-performing facility experienced complications including infections, clots, and lacerations at a rate that was five times the rate of higher-performing hospitals. At lower-performing hospitals, the rate for these types of complications was 21%. At the better hospitals, the complication rate was approximately 4.4%.

There clearly is a larger risk for complications when choosing to have your baby delivered at a lower-performing facility. Therefore, before you choose a healthcare provider to handle your pregnancy, you should do some research on their track record with delivering babies. 

The First Step in Pursuing a Birth Injury Claim:

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of possible medical malpractice, call the Sweeney Law Firm now at (866) 793-6339. The initial consultation is free, and if we agree to accept your case, we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a settlement or recovery of funds. There is no reason to hesitate. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.

There are several factors that may suggest that birthing injuries are the result of medical negligence or improper medical care. Contact Sweeney Law Firm today and have your case reviewed by a Doctor and get the answers you need.