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Overlooking signs of sepsis may lead to hospital negligence cases

Bringing a child into the world is often one of the greatest joys many individuals experience. Unfortunately for some, this joyous occasion could turn devastating if hospital negligence results in a new mother suffering negative outcomes. When this type of situation occurs, families may find themselves looking into their legal options for addressing possible medical malpractice.

New Jersey residents may be interested in a malpractice case that recently came to judgment in another state. Reports indicated that the situation involved the death of a woman who had just given birth. Apparently, after giving birth, the woman was discharged from the hospital. However, she later returned due to experiencing nausea and a fever. Though she was examined by an emergency room nurse, the nurse overlooked signs of sepsis and sent the woman home.

Twelve hours after this discharge, the woman again returned to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with severe sepsis. She died two days after attempts were made to treat the condition. The woman's surviving family filed a medical malpractice claim, and a jury recently awarded them $20 million in compensation for the resulting damages.

Individuals often prepare for the birth of a child as a chance for their families to grow. When a death due to hospital negligence occurs soon after, the surviving loved ones may feel conflicted and heartbroken over the turn of events. If New Jersey residents have faced such events and feel that medical malpractice played a role, they may wish to find out more information on their legal options to determine whether filing a claim could be in their best interests.

Source:, "Twin Cities jury awards $20M in malpractice case for woman who died after giving birth", Paul Walsh, Aug. 29, 2017

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