Pregnancy has always been risky, but it is far safer for women in the United States to prepare to have a child with proper medical care in modern times. Fewer mothers-to-be suffer from eclampsia, organ failure or other issues that used to be attached to pregnancy in society.
However, there are still some risks involved for both mother and child when a woman is pregnant. A recent study determined that acute kidney injury during pregnancy is on the rise. This discovery, made over the years between 2006 and 2015, highlights the need for more screening of kidney function in women hospitalized during pregnancy.
The authors of this study admitted that part of the increase may simply reflect greater awareness of this sort of kidney function and the risks had always been present but unacknowledged by the medical community. Even if this is the case, they determined that increased prevention and diagnosis of kidney problems during pregnancy is the best way to offset any damage done to mothers before childbirth.
Doctors and hospitals may be responsible for a diagnosis or lack of diagnosis that affects mothers’ care. This is especially notable if a lack of attention during the mother’s care led to an injury with lasting effects in a new family.
Women who were injured during pregnancy may have a case for financial damages if physicians or health care networks may have been responsible for the cause or the consequences. An attorney can help recommend a course of action after examining any medical records or other evidence that can help identify liable people and institutions.