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Family awarded $4 million regarding wrongful death of mother

Childbirth should be an occasion for joy, not for mourning and grief. The advancements in medical care have reduced a great deal of the risks associated with labor, but a mother or child in Illinois may still suffer harm in the presence of negligence. Losing a loved one under similar circumstances can be difficult to accept, and may prompt surviving family members to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim.

A family was recently awarded $4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit concerning the death of a woman who had just given birth to her fourth child. She was admitted to the hospital to undergo a cesarean section delivery, which presented a certain level of risk since she had reportedly become anemic during pregnancy. According to the lawsuit, one of the doctors that was performing the procedure punctured her bowel, causing her to lose a substantial amount of blood in the process.

Shortly after the procedure, she began hemorrhaging and eventually went into cardiac arrest. Medical professionals worked to control the bleeding, but she passed away soon thereafter. Patients who suffer from potentially dangerous conditions generally rely on doctors to provide a certain level of care, and if not given, many are left to suffer the consequences.

Those who experience the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a medical facility or professional may wish to seek accountability, but they might be uncertain where to turn for guidance. When facing similar circumstances, a family could speak with an attorney with experience in the area for advice on available options for legal recourse. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in Illinois in pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source:, "Family of Stoughton mom who died in childbirth wins $4 million in suit", Tom Relihan, Oct. 17, 2017

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