Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Medical Malpractice And Childbirth
The birth of a child can be a wonderful, exciting, and highly anticipated event in a person's life. The anticipation of the new arrival skyrockets as baby's due date approaches. Families conspire to shower the expectant mother with gifts designed to ease the financial burden of the newest addition. The parents eagerly await the child's arrival by assembling the gifts, making accommodations, and preparing for the big day. Usually, everything goes according to plan.
Although developments in medical science have rendered the medical component of childbirth fairly routine, that is not always the case. Things can, and do, go wrong during childbirth or the mother's immediate recovery. Despite the enormous technological advances in medicine, giving birth remains dangerous for the mother and child as evidenced by a lawsuit filed recently in New York by the grieving husband and father of two boys. This family experienced the height of joy and heartbreaking loss within a 24-hour period.
According to an article published in The New York Times, the 34-year-old woman was pregnant with her second child when she began experiencing contractions about one month before her due date. Her husband took her to the hospital. The doctors examined her and discharged her stating that she was not ready to give birth. She awoke the next morning to more contractions and abdominal pain. The woman went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy in her apartment with her husband and three-year-old son looking on. The family called relatives and took selfies with the baby. They were all smiling. Emergency medical personnel transported the mother and child to the hospital from which she sought treatment the evening prior. That is where the situation quickly turned from joy to tragedy.
Doctors at the hospital learned that the mother did not expel the placenta while giving birth. Accordingly, the attending physicians commenced a procedure designed to remove the placenta's remnants, which was tragically unsuccessful. The physicians delayed starting surgery to remove the placenta. However, as the surgery was nearing the end, the mother's blood pressure dropped significantly. Physicians determined that she began losing blood. The mother went into shock from blood loss. Doctors transferred her to the intensive care unit where she received multiple transfusions. Despite their efforts, which included exploratory surgery, the doctors failed to determine why the mother continued to lose blood and she sadly perished within 12 hours after giving birth.
The heartbroken husband and father of two filed a lawsuit in New York state court claiming damages for medical malpractice and medical negligence. The husband alleged that the doctors and hospital were negligent because they failed to determine the cause of hemorrhaging and subsequently failed to take appropriate measures to stop the bleeding.
How Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help A Family Fallen Victim To Medical Malpractice During Childbirth.
Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex matters because of the nature of the injuries and the causes of the malpractice. These cases require knowledgeable and experienced attorneys to handle the complicated case appropriately. Our Georgia medical malpractice lawyers understand how to vigorously pursue cases like the one described above because they have the experience to digest complicated medical records and the knowledge to consort with medical experts to build the strongest case possible.
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