On April 22, 2014, “L.B.” gave birth to twins at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center by Cesarean section delivery. After performing the deliveries, the on-call obstetrician (“OB”) attempted to remove the placenta. However, the OB reportedly failed to diagnose placenta accreta. Trial testimony established that the placenta was torn during the attempted removal, thereby causing massive bleeding leading to a hypoxic brain injury and resulting in seizure-like activity.
The Illinois birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the anethesiologist was also negligent by failing to appropriately respond to the medical emergency, including failing to have blood available in the delivery/operating room to transfuse L.B. As a result, there was a delay in excess of 30 minutes before the initial transfusion could begin.
Trial testimony by an expert in rehabilitation established that L.B. sufferd a severe and diffuse brain injury with global consequences as a result of the medical negligence, that as a result her IQ is less than 34, and that her intellectual age is 3 years, 3 months. L.B. will require 24/7 care and assistance for the rest of her life.
The defendant hospital denied that the OB and anesthesiologist were its agents, and further argued that L.B. was not stable for transfer to a different hospital, she required an emergency C-section, and that all care provided to her was within the standard of care.
The Illinois birth injury medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff on November 12, 2021. The jury awarded the plaintiff $3 million for loss of a normal life, $3 million for pain & suffering, $7.4 million for future medical and caretaking expenses, and $1,356,744.03 for past medical expenses. The total jury award was $14,756,744.03.
Placenta accreta is a serious pregnancy condition that occurs when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. Placenta accreta often causes no signs or symptoms during pregnancy, although vaginal bleeding during the third trimester might occur. Occasionally, placenta accreta is detected during a routine ultrasound.
Typically, the placenta detaches from the uterine wall after childbirth. With placenta accreta, part or all of the placenta remains attached. This can cause severe blood loss after delivery.
Placenta accreta is considered a high-risk pregnancy complication. If the condition is diagnosed during pregnancy, early C-section delivery followed by hysterectomy is likely.
The Mayo Clinic warns: “Placenta accreta poses a major risk of severe vaginal bleeding (hemorrhage) after delivery. The bleeding can cause a life-threatening condition that prevents your blood from clotting normally (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy), as well as lung failure (adult respiratory distress syndrome) and kidney failure. A blood transfusion will likely be necessary.”
If you or a loved one have suffered serious harm as a result of a birth injury in Illinois or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your birth injury medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a birth injury medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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