Many Louisiana residents have experienced childbirth. Either they have given birth themselves, or they have witnessed a partner or close family member or friend do so. They know that such an experience usually passes with no negative impact on the mother, but that sometimes, she will suffer from complications during or following the birth, even several days later. This may have been what happened when a young woman died not long after enduring a Cesarean section. Her mother recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming first responders’ negligence led to her death.
The 30-year-old woman had given birth to her son just a few days prior to the incident. Her mother, who lives nearby, rushed to her side minutes after receiving an early morning phone call from the victim’s young daughter. The mother found her daughter slumped over the bathtub and called 911. Several medics and deputies arrived at the home shortly after the call. According to the lawsuit, the victim had complained of headaches and sensitivity to light, and her mother had told the deputies her daughter was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Reportedly, when the mother asked the medics about taking her daughter to a hospital, they said she had had too much to drink and they didn’t see any reason to transport her. However, they told the mother if she wanted her daughter to go to a hospital, she could drive her herself. The lawsuit also claims the medics did not perform a physical exam or even take the woman’s vitals. The mother drove her daughter to a local medical facility where a CT scan revealed an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage in her brain. The woman was airlifted to a different hospital for treatment, but fell into a coma and died a few days later.
First responders have a responsibility to the public to assess emergency situations, apply medical treatment as necessary and ensure patients are transported to a medical facility for further treatment as needed. It appears these responders did not fulfill these duties, and as a result, sadly, a woman has died. Louisiana residents who feel they have been victims of the negligence of medical professionals have the right to pursue the matter in civil court. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can provide valuable legal guidance.