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Multiple medical malpractice suits filed against OB-GYN doctors

Visits to the hospital can be incredibly stressful for both the patient and his or her family. This may be especially true for women who are giving birth. Small mistakes made during pregnancy or childbirth can have long-lasting effects on both mother and child. Unfortunately, for some Louisiana residents, these mistakes can be the cause of medical malpractice suits.

In one of the lawsuits, the doctor is accused of failing to catch a heart injury that could lead to rheumatic fever. This injury caused the patient, who was carrying twins at the time, to go into cardiac arrest. Both she and her children died after an attempted cesarean section. 

Another lawsuit claims that doctors and nurses were negligent in their treatment of a mother who was more than 32 weeks pregnant. The suit claims that she was given magnesium sulfate premix, which is used to stop seizures and preterm labor. Since she was more than 32 weeks pregnant, she should not have been given this medication, according to the suit. 

Still another lawsuit was brought by a woman who should have been given a cesarean section or medications to induce labor. The mother was a 40-year-old woman who was also 40 weeks pregnant. She was not induced, nor was she given the option to have a C-section performed until she was 43 weeks pregnant. She was in labor for 60 hours before a C-section was finally performed, and her bladder was reportedly injured during the surgery. 

Even the most routine doctor visits can be nerve-wracking for expecting mothers, and hospital visits even more so. Louisiana mothers who have suffered injuries during their pregnancy or whose children have suffered injuries either during the pregnancy or during birth due to errors or negligence could benefit from consulting with an attorney about filing a medical malpractice suit. These families might be entitled to compensation for current and future medical costs. 

Source:, "Delivery doctor who had privileges suspended at DeKalb Medical faces three lawsuits", Dan Whisenhunt, March 14, 2018

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