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Family awarded $4 million in medical malpractice claim

There are few greater joys in life than the birth of a new child. Most parents in Iowa spend a great deal of time planning for the day when they bring a new child home. Sadly, things do not always go as planned. An out-of-state family recently won their medical malpractice claim after a loved one died during childbirth.

The 36-year-old mother developed anemia while pregnant with her fourth baby. She was apparently scheduled to deliver via planned cesarean section, although anemic women face a high risk of severe complications from the procedure. However, her family claims that her attending medical team did not adequately prepare the possible life-threatening consequences that ultimately claimed the woman's life.

During her C-section, the attending doctor accidentally punctured her bowels, causing her to lose significant amounts of blood. Her doctor ordered blood products to be ready in the event that she needed a transfusion during her recovery, but later ended his shift without providing any additional information. When the woman later began to hemorrhage, the transfusion was given without the addition of materials for helping her blood to clot. She later suffered cardiac arrest and underwent an emergency hysterectomy, but ultimately succumbed to her complications and injuries.

The medical malpractice suit filed on behalf of the victim alleged that the medical team knew of the risks anemic women face during C-sections, and were negligent in their failure to take necessary precautions. The claim went to trial, where a jury awarded $4 million to her surviving family. Seeking compensation through such a claim can be a smart move for medical malpractice victims in Iowa, as the resulting financial recourse can be essential for both physical and emotional recovery.

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

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