Preparing for the birth of a child can be one of the highlights of a young couple’s early married life in Ohio. While no one can guarantee the successful outcome of every pregnancy, those in the medical field are expected to do their best to act in the best interest of the mother and her unborn child. In a recently decided case, a hospital was ordered to pay $1.36 million in a medical malpractice decision.
A young woman with a history of kidney stone issues went to the hospital complaining of pain in her right side and discomfort from a urinary tract infection. The hospital discharged her but did not prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection in spite of the patient presenting with an elevated heart rate, nausea and fever. The next morning her fever was higher and she was taken to the emergency room where she was admitted and treated for sepsis.
The young woman spent a week in intensive care and eventually recovered. Her unborn baby did not. While the woman went on to have another child she still lives with the trauma of having lost her first child. She became an OB nurse to help spare others the pain she endured.
Losing a child is one of the most traumatic experiences a family in Ohio can go through. While nothing can bring the child back, some closure can be achieved through finding some measure of justice. A family in Ohio experiencing the unexpected death of a child may want to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can assist the family in determining if a civil suit for medical malpractice is warranted and advise them on the best legal path to pursue.