What Happens When Malpractice Leads to Premature Birth?
A North Carolina woman is suing her doctors for what she claims was a botched appendectomy. The woman visited the emergency room with severe abdominal pain on Christmas Eve of 2009, where it was discovered that not only did she need her appendix removed, she was also three weeks pregnant.
Around five months after the emergency laparoscopic appendectomy, the woman again felt abdominal pain. She was suffering once more from appendicitis, because one-third of her appendix had not been removed during surgery. The plaintiff’s first witness, a surgeon from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, points out that the standard of care in an appendectomy is the full removal of the organ, with no more than five millimeters remaining.
Because of the recurrent appendicitis and the two surgeries, the victim’s daughter was born four months premature. Prematurity carries with it the risk of several other complications, like retinopathy of prematurity and cerebral palsy.
My Child Is Suffering From a Birth Injury Due to Malpractice. Can Shapiro Law Group Help?
Birth injuries are heartbreaking and can lead to a lifetime of disability. If your child’s injury was the fault of a medical practitioner, you may be entitled to compensation. The Tampa Bay medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro Law Group have dedicated their lives to children harmed by doctor negligence and malpractice, and they offer free case evaluations to potential clients.
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Did You Know?: It is estimated by WebMD.com that as many as 20 percent of cases of cerebral palsy are due to brain damage that occurred during birth.