In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 650 women die each year as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. For the men left behind in these cases, the pain is incomparable. It's only natural to wonder what caused the unexpected tragedy. What caused your loved one's death? Was there a way it could have been prevented? Sadly, in some cases, the answer is yes.
Anesthesia in Labor and Delivery
If your wife experienced cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest and died during the course of labor and delivery one of the first things you want to look into is the anesthesia that was used. In 2014, most of the anesthesia given during labor and delivery is what doctors call regional anesthesia (i.e., given through a needle in the region near the spine).
Potential Problems with Anesthesia
While they are designed to be safe and helpful for mothers, regional anesthetics can lead to complications if not properly administered and if proper dosing and precautions are not adhered to
Any time a mother dies during the course of a delivery, you should call into question the anesthesia process. If you believe your wife died in childbirth as a result of a medical mistake, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Ross Feller Casey.
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