A mother bringing life into the world is one of the most singularly inspiring experiences known to mankind. It's the arduous, emotional culmination to months of perseverance, strength, and planning. It's also one of the most painful and taxing events a mother can go through. That's why doctors and family members alike do everything humanly possible to make the experience as manageable as possible.
Tragically, sometimes circumstances go wrong. During the incredibly stressful period that a woman's in labor, she may suffer a heart attack. If this happens to your wife or loved one, it's vital to investigate the cause behind the birth-induced heart attack.
Could It Be Medical Malpractice?
Doctors are the resource that expectant parents rely on. It is up to them to address every concern and help prepare for every curve ball pregnancy can provide. Not doing so is negligence.
To prove negligence, the injured patient must show that, in treating them, a doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care, and that that deviation led to an injury.
During a pregnancy, this may manifest in the doctor failing to administer anesthesia before labor or mishandling a Caesarian section. The pain endured by these mistakes could easily overwhelm the already over-taxed body, create hypoxia, and induce a heart attack in the mother. The consequences to this would be severe to both the parent and child. One such study highlights a link between maternal hypoxia and neurodevelopmental brain damage.
When It's Not Medical Malpractice
If a mother does experience a heart attack from hypoxia during childbirth that does not always mean medical malpractice was involved. Given the high-stress nature of the experience, it could have just happened regardless of any action taken by the doctor.
Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or a history of smoking may contribute to a heart attack. A doctor should provide pregnant mothers with that knowledge, but if the mother kept smoking through the pregnancy, negligence would be much harder to prove.
Seek Guidance to Know Which is Which
Determining whether a doctor is negligent in your family member's pregnancy heart attack is complicated. That’s why you should turn to one of our experienced attorneys for help. They have the expertise, compassion, and resources necessary to determine whether someone is to blame and to hold them accountable.