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Medical malpractice in Marylan could be filed after death

Maryland mothers expecting a new baby often put a lot of research into baby furniture, car seats and the doctors they choose to help bring their little bundle of joy into the world. Bringing forth life into the world seems like such a common thing, and the advances in medical technology and well care have made advances by leaps and bounds. With the knowledge and insight we have into human medical needs and conditions, it is often a sad case when a practicing physician is charged with medical malpractice.

A woman in another state lost her life nine years ago shortly after giving birth to her fourth child. According to reports, she was anemic at the time of delivery, and this medical state put her in a high-risk category for possible life-threatening complications, especially during a cesarean section. During the surgery, the obstetrician punctured a bowel, which caused the victim to lose a significant amount of blood.

The physician did order blood products for the woman but gave no clear instructions or directives as to the use and when or why the patient would need them. Shortly after the physician signed over care to another doctor, the woman began to hemorrhage, and the transfusion she was given did not help her blood to clot. The woman was then taken back into the operating room for an emergency hysterectomy but was pronounced dead by 10:32 p.m.

Medical mistakes can happen. Even with the best of intentions, doctors can still make errors. Knowing that a patient is seriously compromised and taking all the necessary precautions to head off any issues that could arise the condition should be paramount. Should people find themselves or someone they love has been the victim of medical malpractice, seeking the counsel of an experienced Maryland attorney can help one to understand the legal steps needed to be taken to seek compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the physician's negligence.

Source: wcvb.com, "$4M awarded in malpractice suit over death of Stoughton woman in childbirth", Tom Relihan, Oct. 17, 2017

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