$890,000 Settlement For Failure to Treat Post-Delivery Hemorrhage

The husband and son of a young woman who suffered a fatal hemorrhage three days after delivery will receive $890,000 as a result of a mediated settlement. The woman was seen at home by a visiting nurse, and spoke by telephone to her midwifery practice regarding her heavy bleeding. The providers offered her the opportunity to treat the bleeding with a prescription instead of advising her to come to the hospital that night. When she finally arrived at the hospital in the morning, she was in shock and reluctant to accept treatment. Emergency surgery failed to stop the bleeding, and she died of DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation), a bleeding disorder.