My wife just had a baby. About a week or so later she started bleeding a lot. She went to the emergency room and the doctor did an ultrasound and said that the blood coming out was "old blood" from birth and sent her home. That night, she started bleeding more, multiple times as she was told more may come out. She ended up falling back, passing out for a second. She did not get any injuries from falling. An ambulance took her to the hospital at 2 am. The ER did not do a pelvic exam for a few hours, my wife started turning white (she is Asian) and the nurses gave her some fluids in an IV. When the doctor finally did an exam, she found my wife was still bleeding a lot and it was coming further in the uterus. The ER doctor called out OB and sent us to the OR for surgery to find the issues (Retained Placenta or a hole in the uterus was suspected. The OB went in and found it was a retained placenta and was able to stop the bleeding. My wife was given 2 bags or blood (not sure the amount in each) because she lost so much blood. The issue I have is she went to the ER earlier that day and 12 hours later she had to go back because they did not diagnose her correctly. Can I do anything?
I am sorry to hear about what happened to your wife. Medical malpractice cases are very costly as they almost always require expert testimony. They are also unlikely to settle absent having very strong experts and when they settle they tend to only settle shortly before trial. Therefore, most attorneys will not accept a medical malpractice case absent a very serious injury which usually means permanent harm or death. Hopefully your wife is well on her way to making a full recovery in which case it may be difficult to find an attorney who is willing to represent her.
Concur with the above. Your wife undoubtedly needed the surgery to address the issue. The delay did not, at least based on your story, cause her serious additional harm. The issue with medical malpractice is how costly it is. That means that only the most very serious of injuries caused by the most egregious of negligence turn into cases. While it sounds like poor care and treatment by these providers, im not sure it rises to the level of becoming a malpractice case without something more. For a more complete answer, consult a local attorney. Best wishes!
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