On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Having a baby is one of the most life-changing experiences a person can go through. It can also be one of the scariest for moms-to-be who are giving birth. While many births are free from serious complications, particularly when the woman is at the end of her pregnancy, there is the potential for something to go wrong if doctors and/or nurses are careless or negligent in monitoring the health of the fetus and the mother.
If this happens, the results can be devastating. For instance, one woman lost both of her unborn twins because doctors failed to take the appropriate measures to monitor the mother for preeclampsia toward the end of her pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is a condition that results in high blood pressure for a mother. Untreated, it can put her life and her unborn baby's life in danger.
In this case, according to reports, the mother exhibited signs of preeclampsia that were not identified by her prenatal care doctors. Her high blood pressure led to a seizure, which caused her placenta to become detached. When this happens, a baby can be deprived of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive.
That is sadly what happened in this case. After her placenta detached, the woman's two twins were stillborn at just over 33 weeks.
The woman filed a medical malpractice claim after the loss of her twins, naming the hospital and two doctors. The parties were ultimately able to come to a settlement outside of court for $4.25 million.
The hospital requested to keep the settlement sealed, which is not unusual in medical malpractice cases. What is slightly unusual is that the judge denied this request, stating that the benefits of releasing the information outweighed the need for the defendants to keep the terms sealed.
There is no amount of money that can completely undo the damage caused by a serious medical mistake, especially in tragic cases where the mistake proves to be fatal. However, financial compensation can make it a little easier to cope with the damage and try to move forward.
Further, filing a lawsuit can help victims and their families gain some peace in knowing the party responsible for their loss is held accountable.
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