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Post-Partum Hemorrhage and Medical Malpractice

By Burg Simpson
February 24, 2022
4 min read

Postpartum Hemorrhage 

Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) is characterized by excessive bleeding following the birth of a child. Specifically, PPH occurs when a mother loses more than 500cc of blood after a vaginal delivery or loses 1000cc of blood following a C-section. PPH typically occurs within one day of giving birth but can happen up to 12 weeks following delivery.

Globally, PPC is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths. In 2017, the U.S., the pregnancy-related mortality ratio was 17.3 deaths per 100,000 live births. National statistics also indicate that PPH accounts for approximately 11.4 percent of these deaths in the U.S.

The Most Common Causes of PPH:

The most common causes of postpartum hemorrhage include four groups known as the “4 T’s”: Tone, Trauma, Tissue, and Thrombin.

  • Tone – Uterine atony, or “tone”, is the failure of the uterus to contract. Contraction of the uterine muscles during labor compresses the blood vessels and slows blood flow, which helps prevent hemorrhage and facilitates coagulation.
  • Tissue – When tissue or the retention of the placenta in the uterus prevents contraction, it can lead to non-stop bleeding.
  • Trauma – Trauma to the uterus, cervix, vagina, labia, clitoris, or perineum can cause significant bleeding because of the increased vascularity in these areas during pregnancy.
  • Thrombin – When this coagulation disorder occurs, blood cannot clot following childbirth.

Symptoms Must Be Immediately Addressed

PPC is a clinical emergency that requires rapid recognition, evaluation, and intervention. Medical professionals must immediately address the excessive bleeding associated with postpartum hemorrhaging because delays in diagnosis and treatment can result in:

  • Shock,
  • Organ failure,
  • Hypoxia,
  • Brain damage, or
  • Death.

You May Have Grounds to File for Medical Malpractice

A recent study by Johns Hopkins claims more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in this country after heart disease and cancer.

If you or a loved one suffered from PPH and your physician did not correctly diagnose and/or treat your condition, you could have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim due to negligence. Negligence is defined as the failure by a hospital, physician, nurse, or other health care professional to provide a generally accepted level of care used by other medical professionals in the same specialty and under the same circumstances.

You Could Be Entitled to Compensation

Depending on the details of your medical malpractice case, and the severity of the injuries you suffered due to PPH, you could be entitled to compensation for:

  • Lifelong health care
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income & benefits
  • Disability,
  • Loss of consortium

Get Help Now from Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one suffered from severe and life altering consequences due to postpartum hemorrhaging or excessive bleeding during childbirth, reach out to the medical malpractice lawyers at Burg Simpson for help now. These cases are complex, and when you secure experienced legal representation, your lawyer can begin to investigate your claim and determine if the injuries you suffered were the result of medical malpractice.

Burg Simpson Offers a Free Case Evaluation

The highly skilled and award-winning medical malpractice lawyers at Burg Simpson have over four decades of experience. Our lawyers offer a free case evaluation to examine your case and determine an appropriate course of action. Contact us for help now at 888 895 2080 or access our case evaluation form online at

Contact Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice Team Now

Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice department is skillfully led by shareholder and trial lawyer Scott J. Eldredge. Mr. Eldredge focuses his practice on complex medical malpractice cases. He is the current president of the National Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Eldredge works closely with shareholders Angela E. McGraw and Marc C. Johnson on complex medical malpractice claims. The Burg Simpson Medical Malpractice team has the experience and the resources to handle your case.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries, including big insurance companies, banks, and pharma. As a result, Burg Simpson has secured more than $2.7 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

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