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Jury awards couple $1.36 million following loss of fetus

Expectant parents are often filled with anticipation as they await the birth of their child. Tragically, some of these parents will never get to experience this excitement due to their doctor's errors. This was the case for a pregnant woman and her husband who filed a lawsuit against a health care facility and a doctor working at the facility following the death of their fetus.

The woman, 23-years-old at the time, reported to the hospital in 2012 suffering from a urinary tract infection and pain in her right side. She was given an ultrasound, which revealed multiple kidney stones. The doctor and hospital proceeded to discharge her within one day, though, despite a heart rate of more than 140 beats per minute, fever, and nausea. The doctor and hospital also apparently failed to give her antibiotics for the infection. The next day, she reported to the emergency room at another hospital with a rapid heartbeat and high fever, where she was treated for sepsis caused by the UTI. After seven days in intensive care, she recovered, but she lost her 14-week-old fetus.

The facility argued that the doctor who treated the woman was a private physician not employed by their facility, and that there was no proven connection between the treatment received by the woman and her injuries. However, nine out of 12 jurors found the facility negligent in discharging the woman, and awarded the couple $1.36 million in damages.

Maryland hospitals and physicians are legally required to provide competent care to their patients. If your doctor provided you with negligent care, and you suffered injury or loss because of that care, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim against them. A medical malpractice attorney can assist you with your claim by fighting in hopes of allowing you to recover damages for your pain and suffering.

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