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New York City hospital accused of "extreme medical negligence"

A New York City woman began having contractions and was admitted to a Lower East Side hospital. After an examination, she was discharged. However, she woke up in the morning with much more powerful contractions and pain. She went into labor in the bathroom of her home; a neighbor delivered the child.

She was taken to a different hospital after the delivery. There, surgeons attempted to manually deliver the placenta. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit her husband has filed against the hospital, she went into shock during the attempted placenta delivery and her blood pressure dropped.

Surgeons then attempted dilation and curettage to remove the placenta, but her heart rate jumped and blood pressure dropped; indications of a hemorrhage. A blood transfusion was attempted, but failed.

According to the lawsuit, doctors failed to identify the cause of the internal bleeding and took no immediate steps to halt it. It was later determined that she died of a brain hemorrhage.

The legal claim alleges "extreme medical negligence and malpractice," according to a recent news article.

Other examples of birth injuries caused by negligence can include the following:

  • Delayed C-section or failure to perform a C-section
  • Failure to recognize or treat fetal trauma
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain damage due to a lack of oxygen
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Erb's palsy
  • Klumpke's palsy
  • Improper use of forceps or suction devices
  • Improper delivery methods
  • Medication errors

Far too often, doctors and hospital staff fail to manage high-risk births appropriately, including those involving premature delivery. An experienced Queens medical malpractice attorney can help you hold the negligent party accountable.

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