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Medical malpractice lawsuit ends in $24 million award to mother

Mothers in Kentucky know that childbirth can be a very stressful experience, not only for the infants but also for mothers. Any errors made during this delicate time can have lifelong ramifications. A woman in another state was recently awarded over $24 million after medical malpractice caused her to lose both kidneys during childbirth.

According to the suit, the woman visited the hospital to deliver her third child. The woman gave birth the next morning after arriving, but her condition began getting worse the moment she checked in, the suit said. The plaintiff was likely suffering from an infection, but she did not receive the needed antibiotic IV treatment. Reportedly, the mother's condition deteriorated to the point where a rapid response team took control, and by this time the woman had been in pain for nearly two days and went into sepsis.

The lawsuit claimed the woman was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit and suffered multi-organ failure. The woman lost both kidneys and required a kidney transplant. The lawsuit said that the plaintiff now requires hospitalization for over two weeks each year and will require another kidney transplant within seven years. She was awarded over $24 million dollars in the lawsuit, but reports say $18 million of the award will be used to cover the cost of a future kidney transplant. The remainder will help with wage losses and mental anguish.

Modern medicine and technology have made the process of childbirth almost routine. Unfortunately, this does not prevent mistakes or negligence from occurring during this crucial time. Those in Kentucky that have been injured as a result of medical malpractice may benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide compensation to help ease financial burdens accrued as a result of this experience.

Source:, "Woman Who Went to Hospital to Deliver Baby but Ended up Losing Both Kidneys Hears Verdict", Zachary Stieber, March 8, 2018

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