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Pregnant woman's death subject of medical malpractice suit

A timely diagnosis is key to treating a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. For especially vulnerable patients in California -- such as children, the elderly and pregnant women -- a failure to diagnose a serious health concern can prove to be fatal. The family of an out-of-state woman who died from preeclampsia complications filed a medical malpractice suit for the attending doctor's apparent failure to diagnose the serious condition.

While pregnant with her and her husband's first child, the woman began to experience some troubling symptoms. Although nausea can be quite common in pregnancy, she reported such severe nausea that she would vomit uncontrollably, and she also experienced significant pain and elevated blood pressure. According to the suit, these are all clear indications that something much more serious than typical pregnancy sickness -- preeclampsia -- was at play.

Her husband claims that the attending obstetrician repeatedly waved away their concerns and refused to examine her in a hospital setting. Ultimately, the woman went into early labor and became unresponsive by the time her son was born. Doctors assured the woman's husband that everything would turn out okay, but the woman was pronounced from a massive cerebral hemorrhage after being airlifted to another hospital. The newborn was born premature and had to be transferred to the NICU, although at this time it does not appear that he suffered any other serious related injuries.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when what was supposed to be a joyous occasion ends in tragedy, the pain felt by California families might be even worse. While a medical malpractice suit that is navigated to a successful completion can provide necessary compensation to surviving family members, it can also do much more. Pursuing this type of civil suit can help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future and can grant a grieving family a sense of peace and justice.

Source:, "Family of woman who died in childbirth sues Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton", Fred Contrada, Aug. 24, 2015

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