Giving birth should be an exciting time in your life and the lives of those around you; you’re expanding your family and bringing new life into the world. If you have a stillbirth or miscarriage due to your doctor making a mistake or neglecting to help your unborn child when needed, it can be devastating. In those cases, you may be entitled to compensation.

A stillbirth is defined as any time a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks. Most of the time, babies are fine inside the body until right before labor. Sometimes stillbirths take place during labor, though, due to medical problems like delayed diagnoses or an exceptionally long delivery with complications.

Stillbirths take place in around one out of every 160 pregnancies. That’s less than 1 percent of all pregnancies in the United States, but it still happens frequently enough to cause concern. Your doctor should inform you if you’re more likely to have a stillbirth. For instance, if you’re 35 or older or pregnant with twins, triplets or more, then you are at a higher risk. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, this can also lead to a stillbirth, and your doctor should monitor your condition to help prevent that from happening.

Other causes for stillbirths include infections such as toxoplasmosis, syphilis and urinary tract infections. Other infections may also affect your child, so it’s vital that your doctor takes any infection seriously. Our website has more information on what to do if you lose a child due to your doctor’s negligence or misdiagnosis earlier on in your pregnancy.