Recently, a 28-year-old Bronx woman died because of medical malpractice and doctor's error. The woman complained of bleeding and pain after delivering a healthy baby girl by vaginal delivery. She had been to the hospital twice; however, the doctors were not able to determine what led to cardiac arrest. The woman died 12 days after the birth. Birth injuries are often caused by medical negligence and malpractice by licensed practitioners.
The autopsy report revealed that the doctor had left behind a major part of the placenta that led to infection and hemorrhaging. The husband of the deceased woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Bronx Supreme Court against the hospital for damages. According to the doctors, the placenta must be removed completely after child birth or it may cause bleeding and infection.
When the woman returned to the hospital complaining of urinary problems and pain, the hospital failed to perform a sonogram, which could have detected the placenta that had not been removed completely at the time of delivery. The woman's condition further deteriorated due to the doctor's error and three nights later she was pronounced dead.
Under New York state laws, medical malpractice results when a health care provider or a doctor fails to adhere to established procedures. The negligence can cause harm to the patient, as it did in this case. A valid medical malpractice claim should prove that the medical practitioner was negligent in providing proper care to the patient and had failed to meet the standards of care. Medical practitioners found guilty of medical malpractice can lose their license, and will face imprisonment and fine under the state laws of New York.
Source: New York Post, "Bronx woman died after childbirth due to botched placenta removal: lawsuit," Susan Edelman, Feb. 10, 2013