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Failure to diagnose sepsis leads to death of first time mother

The birth of a child should be an event to celebrate, not to mourn. With numerous complications that may occur during labor, medical professionals are generally required to use the utmost diligence in the treatment of a patient. However, this doesn't always occur, and failure to diagnose a medical condition following a similar procedure could leave a family in Illinois in search of answers, and justice.

A recent medical malpractice lawsuit under similar circumstances led to a $20 million judgment for a man who lost his wife shortly after the birth of their child. According to the lawsuit, after giving birth, the woman was sent home only to return to the hospital with a fever and nausea. The family claims that medical professionals ignored test results which indicated that she was suffering from sepsis, and she was sent home once again.

Around 12 hours later, she was rushed back to the hospital, and she was unfortunately pronounced dead soon thereafter. Infections can be extremely dangerous, and if the proper treatment isn't provided in a timely manner, the harm to health can be devastating. Should the negligence of a medical professional lead to an untimely death, surviving family members may wish to pursue compensation through the civil justice system.

Losing a loved one due to a medical professional's failure to diagnose and treat a medical condition can be difficult to accept. Those who suffer under similar circumstances could choose to speak with an experienced attorney for advice on available options for legal recourse. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.

Source:, "$20M awarded over woman who died after giving birth at Abbott", Paul Walsh, Aug. 29, 2017

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