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Family awarded $20 million in historic medical malpractice suit

Thousands of health care patients are injured every year across the country due to human error. When mistakes occur in the medical field, the consequences can alter the lives of all those involved. Doctors and nurses in Oregon are well-trained and skilled professionals, but mistakes will still happen. A woman in another state died after giving birth due to alleged negligent medical care, and her husband and family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

According to the lawsuit, the woman was discharged to her home not long after giving birth only to return to the hospital with nausea and a fever. The plaintiffs contended that the emergency room personnel ignored lab tests that showed that the woman had sepsis. Instead of keeping the woman and treating her infection, she was sent home.

The woman returned to the emergency room at the hospital just 12 hours later and died, the lawsuit claims. The plaintiffs alleged that the young mother could have been saved had medical workers simply recognized the signs of sepsis in the woman's symptoms and tests. The family was awarded over $20 million in what is being called the largest verdict in a lawsuit of this kind in Minnesota's history. 

Unfortunately, medical patients are injured or killed every day in America as a result of negligent care. Medical malpractice is more common than most people realize. Oregon citizens who believe they or their loved ones were harmed by negligent medical care have the right to take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in a monetary award that could provide financial relief and ease the pain and suffering of victims and families.

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

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