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| Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn

A Montgomery County OH jury awarded $6 million last month to a man whose wife passed away while giving birth to their son six years ago.

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The wrongful death, medical malpractice jury awarded the husband the pay out after it deliberated for four hours.

The lawsuit states that the plaintiff’s wife died from a gestational hypertension stroke because Dr. Cheryl Gill and Good Samaritan Hospital¬† did not diagnose pre-eclampsia and eclampsia during the pregnancy. The woman died after a March 4, 2009 emergency Cesarean section.

The attorney on the medical malpractice case stated that the doctor only was qualified to handle simple pregnancies without complications.

The lawsuit also stated that the woman was discharged from the hospital during a four day period when her symptoms got worse and she eventually died. The doctor did not visit the woman when she was brought back to the hospital.

Our medical malpractice attorneys in Virginia are pleased that justice was done in this sad medical malpractice case. Our law firm often represents people who are injured by negligent doctors, as well as the families of the deceased where the patient passed away.

Depending upon the state in which the injury or death occurs, you may have to deal with medical malpractice caps. In Virginia, we have very aggressive healthcare and insurance lobbyists in Richmond, and they managed to pass a medical malpractice cap of $2 million. Regardless of economic losses, even if a person with a high income is paralyzed in surgery by mistake, the cap is $2 million.

If you have a medical malpractice case, you should consult with your attorney about the laws in your state to determine what can be done.

Even with medical malpractice caps, fortunately, justice still can done.

We won a $2.3 million settlement several years ago in a child birth injury case where the child suffered shoulder dystocia, which is a permanent arm injury, during birth. The claim was filed against the nurse midwife who helped the mother at birth.

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