Miami Maternal Wrongful Death Attorney
Fighting for Families Following Preventable Birth Injuries
Modern medicine has made pregnancy and childbirth much safer than in the past, but it has not eliminated all risks of poor outcomes, including complications that threaten the lives of mothers.
While some maternal injuries may result from unavoidable causes, many are caused by the negligence of hospitals and treating medical professionals.
If your loved one passed due to what you suspect to be medical malpractice, you may have the right to seek justice and compensation. Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is here to help.
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- Over $1 Billion in Compensation Recovered for Clients Since 1988
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As a Civil Trial Practice that specializes in complex medical negligence claims. Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has cultivated a reputation for our ability to handle highly technical cases, as well as a proven record of success – which includes numerous seven- and eight-figure malpractice recoveries.
If you have a potential case involving maternal death anywhere in Miami or the state of Florida, you can be confident about placing your trust in our firm’s caring and compassionate hands. Call or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
How Common Is Maternal Wrongful Death?
Though vast improvements have been made in the way we care for pregnant mothers, childbirth will always have inherent risks. As such, we trust obstetricians, nurses, and other medical providers to take the appropriate steps in identifying potential risks, addressing complications, and adhering to the relevant standard of care so as to keep mothers and babies free from preventable harm.
Unfortunately, that is not always how it works.
Maternal death, or the death of a woman during pregnancy or up to 1 year after birth, is a significant problem in America. According to a statistics and studies from the CDC, it is more dangerous to give birth in America than any other developed country in the world:
- The U.S. is the only developed nation in the world with increasing maternal death rates.
- Each year, roughly 700 mothers die due to pregnancy or delivery complications.
- As much as 60% of maternal deaths are preventable.
While there are different factors associated with each case of maternal death, researchers have identified a number of underlying causes as preventable.
Some of these include:
- Severe hypertension
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Venous thromboembolism (blood clots in the vein)
- Maternal infections and pre-existing conditions
Can I File A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Maternal Wrongful Death?
Surviving family members who’ve lost loved ones due to medical negligence may have the right to pursue civil legal action over an alleged wrongful death. Whether you’ll be able to file such a claim will ultimately depend on the individual facts of your case, and whether medical professionals failed in some manner to meet the applicable standard of care – which generally means:
The care a reasonably skilled and competent medical professional in the same field would provide under the same or similar circumstances.
As every case is unique, substandard care can take many forms. Examples include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of risk factors and complications;
- Inadequate hospital protocols, failure to transfer, or failure to implement best practices.
- Failure to treat pre-existing conditions or complications during pregnancy, labor, or delivery;
- Failure to properly monitor the health of a mother, or timely respond to emergencies;
- C-section errors (i.e. delayed C-section or failure to perform C-section)
- Surgical errors or negligent post-operative care leading to infection or hemorrhage
- Medication errors during pregnancy, labor / delivery, or after childbirth;
- Failure to communicate significant changes in condition between health care providers
If it is determined the health care provider in your case deviated from the standard of care, you may be able to hold them accountable for your loved one’s death, and the losses incurred by your family.
Still, justice and compensation are never guaranteed – especially when families face off against powerful corporations and insurance companies that care more about profits than people.
GRYC: Proven Success in Medical Negligence Cases
Because hospitals, health care practitioners, and the insurance companies which represent them are intent on protecting their reputations and their bottom lines, working with proven representation can make all the difference in your fight for justice.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our award-winning Miami attorneys have the experience and resources to help you seek justice for the wrongful death of a mother. To request a free and confidential consultation, call or contact us online.
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Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.
A LEGACY OF CHANGING LIVESMillions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Orthopedic Medical Malpractice
A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Woman Who Lost Her Leg After Misdiagnosis
A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, which was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Family of Mother Who Died During Childbirth
In 2015, a 23-year-old mother began experiencing severe complications while giving birth in Charlotte County, Florida. The hospital’s staff did not give her the attention she needed, and failed to realize that her complications required an emergency transfer to a Sarasota County Hospital, which had the needed staff and equipment to treat her. The mother and her unborn child eventually died in the hospital.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Misdiagnosis of a Blood Clot
A 68-year-old man was complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red, and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family.
Medical Malpractice Over $1 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim
A middle-aged man had a history of an aortic aneurysm. His plan was to fly to Stanford University, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. Rather than starting the transfer to Stanford the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died.
Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000
A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.
Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000
A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.
Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Victim of Nursing Medical Malpractice
A middle-aged woman was in a hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm. While recovering in her hospital room, she grew agitated and began pulling on the tracheostomy tube connected to her neck. The nurse on duty documented that she was pulling at her tubes six different times in 24 hours, and yet did nothing to prevent her from being able to dismantle the tubes.
Medical Malpractice Eight-Figure Settlement for Failure to Timely Treat a Heart Attack
After successfully opening and stenting a 53-year-old man's blocked artery, while in the recovery room, the patient suffered another heart attack, but this time it took medical staff nearly 90 minutes to get him back to the catheterization lab. Due to the delay, his heart stopped. He was revived in the operating room, but he suffered a hypoxic brain injury, causing massive brain damage.
Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Victim of Cardiology Medical Malpractice
A 46-year-old man was undergoing heart surgery at a South Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. During the procedure, the cardiologist perforated the patient’s left anterior descending artery. The patient died, leaving behind an 11-year-old daughter and wife.