$550,000 Settlement Reached in Negligent Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhaging

After delivering her second child at Roe Hospital, Ms. Doe, 32, experienced postpartum bleeding. Her pulse increased to 180 beats per minute. Her blood pressure plummeted to 74/44 mm Hg.

Ms. Doe’s treating obstetrician and the attending nurses tried unsuccessfully to stop the bleeding. They used a Bakri balloon and administered Hemabate solution. However, 90 minutes later, the doctor ordered a blood transfusion. Despite these efforts, Ms. Doe’s condition deteriorated and she later passed away.

She was survived by her husband and two minor children, including her newborn.

The lawsuit against the hospital alleged vicarious liability for the obstetrician’s choosing not to order a timely blood transfusion. The Doe family maintained that this should have been ordered immediately when the other measures failed.

The defendants argued that the actions of the doctors and nurses fell within the standard of care.

Before trial, the parties settled the case for $550,000.

The attorneys handling this case for the Doe family were Francis (“Brink”) Hinson and Olin McDougall.

Doe v. Roe Hospital, Undisclosed Docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling labor and delivery lawsuits, birth injury lawsuits, maternal death lawsuits, and hospital negligence cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Schaumburg, Vernon Hills, Itasca, Clarendon Hills, Barrington, Flossmoor, University Park, Dolton, South Holland, Glenview, Gurnee, Chicago (Logan Square, North Lawndale, Austin, Washington Park, Garfield Park, Avondale, Bucktown, North Park, East Rogers Park, Bridgeport, Little Village, Oakland, Garfield Ridge, Auburn Gresham), Stickney, North Riverside, Berwyn, River Grove, Addison, Hinsdale and Willow Springs, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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