$28127 Verdict For Mother’s Injury: On July 18, 2022, a Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $28,127 ($3,127 for lost earnings and $25,000 for pain and suffering) after deliberating for seven and a half hours after a trial that lasted five days.
The plaintiff delivered her baby by Cesarean delivery on April 10, 2018 at Nason Medical Center. She was discharged to home three days later. However, she returned to the hospital three days after discharge due to shortness of breath and extreme abdominal swelling (at the hospital, she was asked when she was due to deliver her baby).
Her symptoms were found to be due to a tear of her bowel that occurred during the Cesarean section delivery. She underwent emergency surgery to repair the tear which required her to wear a colostomy bag for seven months following surgery.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney for the 25-year-old plaintiff told the jury, “Everything that happened to Emily could have been avoided if the standard of care had been met.” The defense attorney argued to the jury, “You should not look at this case in hindsight. You have to look at the care that was going on,” reminding the jury that a nurse testified during trial, “If I thought there was anything problematic, I wouldn’t have let [Emily] go home.”
Injury to the bowel during Cesarean section deliveries is very rare. The incidence of bowel injuries is 0.08% in cesarean section deliveries versus 0.04% in normal vaginal delivery. Approximately one-third of bowel injuries may be diagnosed during the surgery. Mild injuries to the small and large bowel can be repaired by intestinal closure but extensive injuries need a resection.