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Been the victim of Medical Malpractice or fighting a malpractice suit? Discuss it here.


Postby Hareleah » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:36 am

On 29 July, 2008, I delivered my third child via natural childbirth in our local hospital. I was discharged 48 hours later. At no time during my post-delivery did a nurse or physician check any of my bleeding. They stated it was normal and just made sure I was able to urinate since I received an epidural. Two weeks after arriving home I was still bleeding as heavily as when I left the hospital. On the 15th day, I noticed 'something' peculiar in my blood. I made a post-op appointment immediately, and after my physician looked at me, she stated some of my placenta was still inside. I do not know the weight, but it was about the size of a fist. I did not encounter any pain, just bleeding and a distended tummy during the two weeks. My question is do I have a medical malpractice case? I have been hesitant to pursue because all of the medical staff was friendly, but this did scare me pretty bad. Thanks for your help.
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Postby Courtlandt » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:55 pm

If you had called and reported the problem during that 2 week period and they didn't call you in for an exam, I would say they did commit malpractice. It was "below the standard of care" for them not to be concerned about a retained placenta, which eventually will cause a very serious infection. However, there is no case to pursue because you did not suffer significant injury from the experience. You certainly could have had serious damages but fortunately, you did not and the problem resolved itself. In any lawsuit you need two things: liability(someone was responsible for what happened) and secondly, damages or injuries as a result. In medical malpractice cases especially, those damages must be very substantial to make the claim worth pursuing. And yes, this means that many many acts of malpractice slip through the cracks, like yours.
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