A woman who lost her baby after complications resulting from a breech birth has been helped by a New York medical malpractice lawyer. The problems began when the woman, at the time approximately 30 weeks pregnant, began experiencing lower abdominal pain, headache, and fever. She went to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and was admitted for six days. During this stay, she was placed on a fetal monitor, treated with a drug that relaxes the uterine muscles and is used to stop premature labor, given an antibiotic after a group B strep culture was taken, and ultimately diagnosed with cervicitis. A week later, she began experiencing the same symptoms, and returned to Wyckoff. This time the hospital staff concluded that she was suffering from a urinary tract infection, gave her another antibiotic, and sent her home without admitting her. The next day, still feeling discomfort, she returned to the hospital. She had a brief triage admission, during which a midwife determined that she was not in labor, and she was again sent home. The woman went back to the hospital a few hours later, and this time hospital personnel gave her a prescription for Tylenol with codeine, and again sent her home. The next day, while at home, she went into precipitous labor. An ambulance was called, but the baby was nonetheless born at home, foot first. Then, the baby’s head became lost in the birth canal, and, ultimately, did not survive.
The death certificate for the baby stated that, at the age of approximately one hour, the baby died of asphyxia, and that the asphyxia was caused by the unattended breech delivery during which the baby’s head becoming wedged in the birth canal. Ultimately, a jury determined that the premature footling breech of the baby, at home and without medical attention, could have been prevented if the woman had been readmitted to the hospital, and that this failure to readmit was a departure from the standard of reasonable and appropriate medical practice.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a failure of a hospital to admit, or by any act of medical malpractice, you may need a New York medical malpractice lawyer.
The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers with convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Pelham, New York, can be of invaluable assistance to you if you find yourself a victim of medical malpractice. Enduring pain, disfigurement and financial anguish without professional representation is not the path you should choose.