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Medical malpractice suit may follow death after surgical abortion

Going through an abortion in Louisiana or any other state can be life threatening. Following the death of a patient after a surgical abortion procedure, a doctor in a neighboring state was recently indicted on a second-degree manslaughter charge. The doctor, whose patient died after post-operative complications developed, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. In addition to the criminal charge, this doctor may also have to face a civil medical malpractice claim.

According to court documents, the 30-year-old woman arranged for an elective abortion to be carried out by the defendant doctor on July 9. It is alleged that the doctor caused injuries to the patient's uterine artery, uterus and cervix during the surgical procedure. It is further alleged that the defendant allowed the woman to go home despite her being disoriented and suffering an earlier collapse after the procedure.

During a drive to her sister's home, the woman reportedly became unresponsive, and she was rushed to the emergency room of another hospital. There she received treatment for severe vaginal bleeding. She died later that night. It was determined that the internal injuries resulting from the abortion procedure had caused hemorrhaging that ultimately led to her death.

Regardless of the outcome of a criminal case, the surviving family members of any loved one who dies as the result of a medical professional's negligence may pursue financial recovery for damages by filing a civil claim. This is a complicated legal field, and lawsuits are typically difficult affairs that may be best handled by an experienced Louisiana medical malpractice attorney. If negligence on the part of a doctor can be established, the court will award a monetary judgment to cover adjudicated, documented claims for both financial and emotional damages suffered by the deceased person's family.

Source: The New York Times, "Queens Doctor Is Charged in Woman's Death After Abortion Procedure", Eli Rosenberg, Oct. 11, 2016

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