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Hospital negligence responsible for mother's death?

Pregnancy and childbirth for a New Jersey mom is considered to be a relatively safe undertaking. The mother may experience a few problems; however, with all the advances in medical care over the past few decades, these problems are generally not considered serious or life threatening. When something does happen, and the mother loses her life as a result of childbirth, hospital negligence is one of the first areas considered as a possible explanation.

Recently, one young mother began having contractions prematurely. She visited her local hospital where she was examined and sent home. Apparently, doctors at this hospital told her that she was not in labor and should go home. Later that same evening, she delivered a premature baby boy in her bathroom. Emergency personnel were called, and the mother and baby were transported to a local hospital.

At this time, the mother began to show signs of problems. The placenta had not been delivered; therefore, it was manually delivered. Once this procedure was completed, she began bleeding internally. Apparently, doctors attempted to discover the source of the problem; however, she died before the bleeding could be stopped. Her husband has now filed a hospital negligence claim against the hospital, asserting that more should have done to save her.

A pregnancy can be a scary time period for any New Jersey mother. There are often questions regarding what to do and how to take care of a newborn. However, there generally are not questions regarding what to do in case of hospital negligence. When this happens, experienced legal counsel can be invaluable in best answering these questions.

Source: The New York Times, "A Woman Dies After Childbirth, and Her Husband Asks Why", Samantha Schmidt, Sept. 28, 2016

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