Medical professionals have a duty to properly care for the mother and baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and at birth. When doctors and nurses violate that duty through negligence, inattentiveness, or poor decisions, they endanger their patients’ lives.

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Over 100,000 Michigan families prepare to bring new life into the world each year. Unfortunately, too many people in the United States suffer the loss of their babies. Many are surprised to learn that the US has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developing world.  

There are many reasons for this, but medical error is too commonly the culprit. At the malpractice law firm of Sommers Schwartz, we help grieving families hold negligent healthcare professionals accountable for their losses. With extensive experience handling all types of malpractice claims, we are fully prepared to guide you through this trying time.

Infant Mortality Statistics

Experts agree that adequate prenatal care is crucial to a healthy pregnancy, yet statistics indicate only 25 percent of expectant mothers receive it. As a result, 22,341 infant deaths were reported in the United States in 2018 alone.

According to the CDC, the following are the most frequently cited causes of newborn deaths:

  • Congenital disabilities. 
  • Low birth weight and prematurity. 
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Maternal complications.
  • Accidents/unintentional injuries. 
  • Complications of the placenta, cord, and membranes. 
  • Respiratory distress of newborn. 
  • Bacterial sepsis of newborn. 
  • Neonatal hemorrhage. 
  • Diseases of the circulatory system. 

Fatal Birth Injuries in Michigan

Birth is inherently dangerous, making infant death unavoidable in some cases. But unfortunately, many newborn fatalities are caused by negligence. The most common preventable causes of fetal wrongful death include:

  • Hypoxia (oxygen deprivation): Prolonged oxygen deprivation can cause death. In less severe cases, cerebral palsy is common. Delivery room staff are expected to know the signs and be prepared to take appropriate action. 
  • Reduced blood flow: Continual blood flow is crucial for a healthy birth. If complications arise, blood flow can be reduced to dangerous levels. Doctors must take precautions to ensure adequate blood flow throughout the labor and delivery process. 
  • Injuries due to complications: Difficult deliveries often require specialized instruments, such as vacuum extractors and forceps. Combined with the trauma of prolonged labor, these instruments place babies at an increased risk of injury and death. Doctors must possess the skill to use these instruments safely.

Of course, there are many other causes of preventable infant death. Doctors and nurses must be aware of all risk factors and take adequate precautions when treating a patient. Common preventable causes of death include:

  • Spinal cord damage.
  • Untreated jaundice.
  • Uterine rupture.
  • Eclampsia.
  • Preeclampsia.
  • Placenta previa.
  • Antepartum hemorrhage.
  • Kernicterus.

Michigan Infant Wrongful Death Cases

Losing a newborn is one of the greatest tragedies a family can endure. While nothing will undo the pain, medical malpractice compensation can help alleviate the associated financial burdens.

When a baby dies due to a healthcare provider’s “wrongful act, neglect, or fault,” the correct claim to file is wrongful death. It functions like a personal injury claim; however, the plaintiff listed is the surviving family member(s) rather than the victim. Typical plaintiffs include the parents or guardians of the deceased child. 

The damages available through a Michigan infant wrongful death case are often significant, covering economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages are easily quantifiable, such as medical expenses. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify. They include the pain and suffering associated with losing a child.

While not a comprehensive list, these damages are generally recoverable in a wrongful death case:

  • Medical and hospital bills.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.
  • Mental and emotional distress.
  • The loss of care, companionship, and other intangible benefits the family would have enjoyed through their relationship with the child.

Typically, Michigan wrongful death claims must be filed within three years of the date of death. Thus, it is crucial to act quickly to preserve the right to recover financial compensation.

Contact an Experienced Michigan Fatal Birth Injury Law Firm for Immediate Assistance

If you have lost a child during pregnancy or labor, contact the dedicated team of attorneys at Sommer Schwartz. We proudly represent families victimized by their child’s traumatic loss or injury. Our experienced attorneys have dedicated their careers to pursuing justice for those affected by negligent healthcare providers. 

While nothing can take away the grief of losing a child, financial compensation can remove burdens so you can focus on healing. To learn more, call us today at 800-783-0989 and schedule a free consultation.

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