Across New Jersey, many little girls dream of one day getting married and having several children. These dreams often go so far as to picture what the children will look like, what their favorite games will be and what they will grow up to become. Unfortunately, these dreams do not become reality for every little girl who desires them. This unfortunate turn of events can occur for a number of reasons, and for some, it is due to a surgery gone wrong.
In 2013, a 24-year-old woman gave birth to her first child. About a week later, she returned to the doctor because she was bleeding. After a D&C and several other attempts to stop the bleeding, the doctor performed a hysterectomy on the woman. While this procedure did stop the bleeding, it also made it impossible for her to have any future biological children.
The young woman and her husband filed suit against the doctor. Records indicate that at the time the hysterectomy was performed, she was in no immediate danger. Additionally, the methods the doctor chose to try to stop the bleeding were not those considered in compliance with appropriate standards of care. The judge in this case agreed with the woman and her husband and awarded them in excess of $670,000 for the surgery gone wrong.
Doctors across New Jersey are charged with caring for their patients in an appropriate manner. When this does not happen, there could be a question of whether negligence is involved. If negligence or perhaps a case of a surgery gone wrong is suspected, the family may want to pursue their options through the civil court system.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Federal judge awards woman maximum amount under medical malpractice laws", Kyla Asbury, Nov. 29, 2016