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State of Iowa Settles $500,000 Laceration Case

Earlier this month, the State of Iowa approved a $500,000 settlement after a botched C-section resulted in a woman being placed on dialysis and needing a hysterectomy. According to a report by the Des Moines Register, the woman named the University of Iowa Hospital system in her complaint, alleging that when she went to the hospital to give birth the doctors did not properly repair a laceration from a C-section.

pregnant-woman-1-1251196-s.jpgAs a result of the botched attempt at repairing the laceration, the woman suffered kidney damage, requiring that she get regular dialysis. Furthermore, the C-section itself was also negligently performed, which resulted in her needing a hysterectomy as well.

The hospital’s insurance is going to cover $450,000 of the tab, and the State will be left with the remainder. In addition to the $500,000 settlement, the State has also forgiven nearly $5,000 in medical bills that the woman incurred as a result of the botched procedures.

Botched Births in Maryland
The above story took place in Iowa, but the facts are unfortunately not uncommon here in Maryland as well. For any number of reasons, a physician or surgeon may make a mistake during a procedure that leaves a patient with permanent injuries.

Surgeries all come with some level of risk, and patients need to be informed about their choices when deciding whether or not to go through with a surgery. While it is true that some surgeries are inherently more dangerous than others, that does not necessarily mean that a patient cannot recover financially from the hospital after a botched procedure.

In fact, in many cases of physician error, the victim of negligence can recover in a Maryland court of law based on the theory of malpractice. Physicians have a duty to provide their patients the care and consideration that a reasonable professional would provide, given the circumstances. If, for whatever reason, a physician does not provide a patient with the appropriate level of care, and the patient suffers some kind of an injury as a result, that patient is entitled to recover from the physician.

In many cases, this means that the victim of the malpractice is also able to name the hospital or medical center as a defendant, since they should have more closely supervised the negligent employee.

Have You Been Injured By a Doctor’s Malpractice During the Birthing Process?

If you or a loved one has suffered malpractice at the hands of a doctor, nurse, or physician’s assistant during the birthing process, you may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate you for your injuries or loss. Be warned, however, that doctors and hospitals hire some of the most skilled legal talent in the market to defend them and rarely give up without a fight. For this reason, it is advised that you too secure skilled counsel to fight for your right to recovery. Click here, or call (410) 567-0800 to schedule a free consultation with a passionate and dedicated birth injury attorney.

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