A Massachusetts medical malpractice tribunal consisting of a judge, a lawyer, and a medical professional has determined that a hospital and six of seven named medical providers are responsible for the death of a woman during childbirth. The tribunal gave its blessing to the Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit proceeding in court after it heard from the parties’ attorneys on May 12, 2016.
The Massachusetts medical malpractice tribunal determined that there was sufficient evidence to allow the medical malpractice lawsuit to proceed in court against the defendant hospital and six of the seven medical providers named in the proceeding. If the plaintiffs desire to proceed against the seventh medical provider in court, a bond in the amount of $6,000 will have to be posted.
The Alleged Underlying Facts
The pregnant woman had symptoms of preeclampsia or eclampsia while at home (high blood pressure that was increasing, confusion, agitation, pain, and nausea) for which she sought diagnosis and treatment at the defendant hospital. The Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant hospital and others negligently failed to diagnosis the woman with preeclampsia or eclampsia, which led to her untreated condition causing her to suffer a massive stroke – she was unresponsive by the time her baby was delivered.
The woman’s cerebral hemorrhage was diagnosed by a CT scan at the hospital. The defendant hospital arranged to have the woman transferred by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she died on December 30, 2013.
The Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the defendant hospital arranged the transfer by helicopter in order to avoid having the woman die at its facility.
The woman’s estate and her family are contending in their Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit that the defendants’ actions were negligent and that they led to the woman’s death, and that the defendants’ actions also amounted to intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In March 2016, another family filed a Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit against the same hospital, alleging that the hospital had failed in 2013 to warn the parents of the risks associated with a vaginal delivery of their baby following a previous Cesarean section delivery, and failed to timely diagnose the baby’s distress in utero, resulting in the baby suffering a serious and permanent brain injury, and the child being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
In that Massachusetts medical malpractice case, the plaintiffs allege that on June 19, 2013, while the woman was in labor in the hospital, the fetal monitoring showed that with each contraction, there was deceleration of the baby’s heartbeat, but the woman was not informed of the significance of the decelerations or the risks of proceeding with a vaginal birth.
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