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babyIf you suspect that your newborn’s death was a result of a medical professional’s error, carelessness, or wrongdoing, you need to reach out to a seasoned Baltimore wrongful death attorney without delay. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to helping our clients pursue the compensation they need to move on with their lives.

According to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs, American babies are 76 percent more likely to die before they turn a year old than babies in other rich countries such as Japan, Singapore, and Iceland. The risk of dying as a newborn in America is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine. In addition, American children who survive infancy are 57 percent more likely to die before adulthood. When compared to 19 similar Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, the study found that U.S. babies were three times more likely to die from extreme immaturity and 2.3 times more likely to experience sudden death syndrome between 2001 and 2010.

The report found that one reason infant mortality rate is lower is due to higher poverty rates relative to other developed countries and a relatively weak social safety net. Approximately 21 percent of American children live in poverty, one of the highest rates in the developed world. In short, the poorer the children, the worse their health outcomes tend to be.

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pregnant momDuring childbirth, physicians have a duty to care for the mother and the child. Unfortunately, doctors and nurses sometimes fail to focus on a mother’s health during delivery, leading to serious injuries and even death. If you believe that a medical professional’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, it is important to reach out to a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can investigate your case.

According to the National Institute of Health, maternal mortality is increasing instead of decreasing in the United States. In fact, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is higher than in 40 other countries. In 1982, the maternal death ratio in the U.S. was 7.5 per 100,000 live births, and by 2005 that number had risen to 15.1 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Some conditions that can lead to maternal death include preeclampsia, antepartum hemorrhage, postpartum hemorrhage, post-delivery infections, and cardiac arrest. If these conditions are not treated properly and in a timely manner, the mother can die.

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twinTwins and multiple births are inherently riskier than single births. A variety of complications may arise that could lead to birth injuries. In some cases, these injuries are caused by medical negligence. If you suspect that your children or you were injured by a physician’s carelessness, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can assess the merits of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

There are a number of complications that may arise when a woman is carrying multiple children, including pre-term labor, umbilical cord prolapse, facial nerve injuries, brachial plexus injuries, placenta previa, preeclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage, congenital abnormalities, or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. These complications can have a number of causes, including medical negligence.

When a woman carrying more than one baby experiences medical complications, it is not necessarily because of medical malpractice. Some birth injuries may be unavoidable, no matter how much care the physician takes. Instead, medical malpractice claims intend to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent conduct. As a result, medical malpractice occurs when a physician fails to exercise the level of care that another reasonably prudent physician in the same specialty would have exercised in the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing harm to the patient. For example, a physician may be liable for a birth injury if that injury was caused by the improper usage of a vacuum extractor or forceps. This is because a reasonably prudent physician would know how to use a vacuum extractor or forceps properly in order not to cause harm to the baby.

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