A woman who suffered serious injuries after two obstetricians negligently failed to diagnose that she was suffering from postpartum infection prior to her discharge from a hospital after giving birth has recovered damages with the assistance of a New York medical malpractice lawyer. Specifically, the woman gave birth to her second child at the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home. One obstetrician, employed by the hospital, was responsible for the delivery of the baby. Another obstetrician, also employed by the hospital, cared for the woman during her hospital stay following the birth.
The day after the woman gave birth, she experienced tachycardia and severe abdominal pain. She also had an elevated white blood count and increased bands of immature white blood cells. She did not show evidence of a fever, but she was taking pain medication that reduced her temperature and masked her fever. The next day, while she was being discharged, she still had the elevated white blood cell count and the increased bands of immature cells, and continued to suffer tachycardia and severe abdominal pain. She was nonetheless discharged. The day after she was discharged, she was readmitted. She was then diagnosed with a virulent Group A streptococcal infection. The infection then spread throughout her internal organs, and ultimately required the surgical removal of her uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, as well as other non-surgical treatment.
The doctors claimed that it did not seem necessary to treat the woman for an infection because she did not have a fever or uterine tenderness. However, it was determined that the doctors’ conduct fell below the professional standard of care when they did not recognize that the woman had the symptoms and signs of a postpartum infection, and when they did not try and determine the source and treatment of the infection. It was also determined that if the infection had been diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it would have been controlled without the necessity of surgery.
If you or someone you know has been injured by an infection that has gone undiagnosed, or by any other act of medical malpractice, you should speak with a New York medical malpractice lawyer. The lawyers at Stephen Bilkis and Associates can help you evaluate your case, and will fight to get you all of the damages you are entitled to under the law. The firm has offices in Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For a free consultation with a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer, call us at 1-800-NYNY-LAW (1-800-696-9529).
The firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates and its New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers with convenient locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Turtle Bay, NY, 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.