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How to report hospitals and doctors when childbirth turns dangerous

April 29, 2019

You can and should report bad medical care by military doctors or in military hospitals to your U.S. senators and representatives.

Did you get bad care during the birth of your child? Obviously you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit but there is more that can be done to help improve care for future patients.
USA TODAY’s investigation found that when mothers are injured or die from childbirth, complaints often are not filed with agencies that regulate hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers. Here is what the article suggests you can do:

“1. Report bad hospital care and safety issues to regulators: If you or a loved one has experienced or witnessed bad hospital care, you can file a report with your state’s hospital regulatory agency, which is often a part of your state’s health department.

2. Complain to the hospital’s accreditation organization: You can also file a complaint about serious maternal care incidents or deaths with the private organization that accredits your hospital. In many cases, that group will be The Joint Commission, which has an online compliant form.

3. Report doctors and other providers: Doctors, nurses and other health care providers are licensed by the states where they work. In many states, licensing is handled through your state’s health department.

4. Tell Congress: Members of the House Committee on Ways and Means last fall began investigating the role of hospital care in maternal deaths and injuries. Let them know your thoughts. Contact committee Democrats at 202-225-3625 or @WaysMeansCmte; Republicans at 202-225-4021 or @WaysandMeansGOP.”

If you got bad care at an Army, Navy or Air Force Hospital anywhere in the world, contact us for help filing a claim against the military.  Call 877-695-8757 (24/7), e-mail us at LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com, or fill out the short form on the right side of this page.

Source & to read more: www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/deadly-deliveries/2019/03/06/childbirth-dangers-how-file-complaints-ob-gyns-hospitals/2918510002

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