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Jury Decides Doctor Responsible For Stillbirth Of Child To Pay Mother Over $1.6 Million

Jury Decides Doctor Responsible For Stillbirth Of Child To Pay Mother Over $1.6 Million
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Patients have certain things that they need from their doctors

. This is most likely never more true than when the patient is an expectant mother who is entrusting the doctor with caring for her unborn child. First, it is important for the doctor to pay attention to the mother's own intuition. Ignoring complaints and her sense that something is wrong, without conclusive explanation to the contrary, can lead to tragedy.

Next, the physician ought to consider and react to symptoms suggestive of a significant problem. This is what their education, training and experience is supposed to give them the ability to do. It is a normal parental impulse to wish, to trust, that nothing bad happens to thier unborn child and he or she is born healthy. It can feel like a terrible betrayal of the have faith in they put in the doctor that he or she will be able to recognize when a problem arises in the pregnancy especially when it is a complication that jeopardizes the life of the unborn baby.

Then there is the reality of just how badly things can go wrong. In one reported claim, an expectant mother went to the hospital after experiencing pain in her back and abdomen as well as continuing bleeding. This was the seventh month of her pregnancy. After examining her and interpreting the readings from the fetal heart rate monitor, the physician thought that the baby was doing fine and there was no need for any further medical intervention. Despite the fact that the woman kept bleeding and kept telling the doctor that she continued to feel pain in her abdomen, the doctor discharged her without any additional testing to uncover why she was bleeding.

Later that same afternoon, after the abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding got worse, she consulted her physician. On seeing her, the physician sent her to the hospital for delivery. She had substantial hemorrhaging while being transported to the hospital. When she arrived at the hospital the medical staff immediately prepared her for an emergency C-section unfortunately the baby was stillborn before they were able to perform the C-section. The mother needed transfusions due to the heavy loss of blood. The cause of the pain and vaginal bleeding was established to be a placental abruption. The law firm that represented the mother published that it took the case to trial and achieved a jury award in excess of $1.6 million on behalf of the parents.
Jury Decides Doctor Responsible For Stillbirth Of Child To Pay Mother Over $1.6 Million
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Certainly, an abnormal heart rate could have been a sign of a considerable complication requiring appropriate follow up right away. But so was the fact that she hd constant pain and bleeding. Yet they were totally dismissed - basically, the physician also ignored the woman's intuition.
Jury Decides Doctor Responsible For Stillbirth Of Child To Pay Mother Over $1.6 Million
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The physician also seemingly never actually regarded a placental abruption in the differential diagnosis for the pain even though collectively they form a classic presentation of a placental abruption. This is not how doctors would generally say is the right way to assess a patient's condition. It was not until the situation worsened later in the day that the physician had her go to the hospital for an emergency C-section.

Scenarios like this happen in hospitals and physician's offices all too often. In the event that the health of an unborn baby is concerned the consequences of such deviations from what the patient expects of the physician can result in the death of the child. Furthermore the physician's actions may be more than merely a deviation from the patient's wishes, they may also be a deviation from the standard of care the doctor should offer. If that is the case the family might have a medical malpractice/wrongful death claim against the doctor.

Jury Decides Doctor Responsible For Stillbirth Of Child To Pay Mother Over $1.6 Million

By: J. Hernandez About the Author Joseph Hernandez is an Attorney accepting birth injury medical malpractice cases. You can learn more about placenta abruption and other types of birth injuries including group b streptococcus matters by visiting the website (ArticlesBase SC #3097434)


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