Jury Awards $6 Million Verdict In Medical Malpractice Lawsuit For Failure To Diagnose Pre-Eclampsia

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Wright & Schulte LLC Reports $6 Million Was Awarded In A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit To The Family Of A Deceased Pregnant Woman


A Montgomery County jury awarded $6,067,830 million to the family of a 33-year-old pregnant woman after determining her doctors negligently failed to diagnose and treat her pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. The Dayton resident died in March of 2009 after suffering an intracerebral hemorrhage which was brought on by the pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, according to the wrongful death lawsuit which names Good Samaritan Hospital, Premier Health Partners, and the woman’s doctor as defendants. (Case No: 2013-cv-06873, Montgomery County Common Please Court)

The medical malpractice lawsuit claims the expectant mother complained to her doctor in February 2009 about developing a cough, headaches, increase in blood pressure and unusual amount of weight gain, which are symptoms of pre-eclampsia. Two days later, she called her doctor to complain about vaginal bleeding and was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital. Test results found the woman showed classic signs of pre-eclampsia that included elevated blood pressures, intrauterine growth restrictions and dropping platelets. According to the complaint, the woman’s doctor did not request an obstetrical consultation and the woman was discharged from the hospital on March 3, 2009.

The wrongful death lawsuit further said the woman returned to the hospital later that afternoon with extremely high blood pressures, headaches and vomiting, and was readmitted. The woman’s doctor did not go to the hospital to see her, according to the complaint. During the early morning hours of March 4, 2009, a nurse found the woman partly unconscious and an emergency C-Section was performed to save the baby. However, the woman later died, the complaint said. A CT scan was performed which showed a hypertensive bleed and an autopsy performed identified the cause of death as intracerebral hemorrhage.

The jury awarded the woman’s family $2.25 million for wrongful death, $2,149,378 for loss of future earnings, and $1,668,452 in other damages.

Symptoms of pre-eclampsia usually include high blood pressure, headaches, kidney damage, changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, nausea, vomiting, sudden weight gain and swelling (edema) particularly in the hands and feet, according to the Mayo Clinic. Pre-eclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy which is why monitoring a woman’s blood pressure during pregnancy is essential. The exact cause of pre-eclampsia is unknown but causes may include damage to blood vessels, a problem with the immune system, and insufficient blood flow to the uterus.
[mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/preeclampsia/basics/symptoms/con-20031644, Mayo Clinic, July 3, 2014]
[mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/preeclampsia/basics/causes/con-20031644, Mayo Clinic, July 3, 2014]

If you believe a loved one has suffered a wrongful death due to medical negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your loss. You may be eligible to receive compensation for productivity loss, monetary losses, and medical bills. You do not have to suffer in silence after your loss. Wrongful death lawsuits help hold medical professionals responsible for their negligent actions while providing medical care.

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