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Young mother's fatal injury caused by medical negligence

For most women giving birth in Iowa this year, the days following the births of their babies will be filled with excitement and joy. That's how things started out for a young mother, her husband and newborn son in another state. However, because of medical negligence, things quickly took a turn for the worse.

The mother worked as an assistant to an orthopedic doctor after obtaining her Master's degree. Her family says the day she and her husband brought their first child home from the hospital was one of pure joy. Concerns arose a few days later when the new mother said she was not feeling well.

A trip to the hospital emergency room revealed she had a high fever. A nurse diagnosed her with a urinary tract infection, although it was later noted that lab test results showed no bacteria in her urine. The woman was sent home but returned to the hospital  12 hours later. Sadly, she never went home again because she died from a sepsis infection.

The attorneys representing her grief-stricken husband and family recently obtained a $20 million monetary judgment for medical negligence on her behalf, which was the largest court award by verdict ever in that state. Many adults in Iowa will likely be at risk for sepsis at some point in their lives, and their survivals will depend on medical professionals correctly diagnosing and treating their conditions. If an injury or illness occurs that is thought to be negligence-related, it may be appropriate to file a malpractice claim in civil court against any and all parties deemed responsible.

Source: startribune.com, "$20M awarded over woman who died after giving birth at Abbott", Paul Walsh, Aug. 29,. 2017

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