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$1,125,000 Settlement – Death of Woman Following Delivery due to DIC

John Leighton has developed a statewide reputation for handling complex and tragic medical malpractice cases.  Few are more tragic than the case of L.A.

Happily married and the mother of two healthy children, L.A. went to her obstetrician’s office as she neared the end of her pregnancy.  The doctor admitted her and, along with the help of her husband, she began to deliver this baby.  During the course of the delivery, either by using an instrument or some other cause, L.A. suffered a laceration of her uterus.

After delivery of a beautiful and healthy baby, L.A. began to bleed more profusely.   Despite this being brought to the attention of the treating obstetrician, he left the hospital and returned to his office (which was across the street from the hospital).

The bleeding continued and worsened.  The doctor did not return despite several calls from the nurses.  As the bleeding worsened, L.A.’s condition deteriorated. She developed a very serious blood clotting disorder, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC). This is what causes death from serious bleeding (when someone says “bled to death” it was usually DIC that caused the death). Because of the massive blood loss, the body stops producing clotting factor and the remaining blood – including new blood transfused, often fails to clot.

Despite pleas from the nurses to the obstetrician, he never returned to care for L.A.  Her DIC worsened and even though the doctor ordered blood for her, it simply bled out.  In one of the worst tragedies ever, L.A. died of blood loss in the labor and delivery unit of a major regional hospital and trauma center.  Her newborn daughter would never know her mother.

Attorney John Elliott Leighton represented the husband and children of L.A., alleging that she was killed because of medical malpractice following delivery of her healthy newborn baby.

Mr. Leighton obtained payment of the full policy limits of all of the responsible health care providers of $1,125,000. Estate of L.A. v. WS.

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