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Mishandling of pregnancy complications can prove fatal to infants

For many expectant mothers in Massachusetts, the nine months leading up to the birth of their child is a period of anticipation and joy. Sadly, this is not always the case. When careless or negligent doctors fail to take proper steps when pregnancy complications arise, the results are often devastating, if not fatal.

On the West Coast, a woman is suing the United States of America and Does 1-100 on allegations of infliction of emotional distress through medical negligence. The plaintiff alleges failure to exercise the standard of care and skill that is required of both medical providers and facilities. The civil complaint claims that, when the then-pregnant woman sought medical care at David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center in 2014, she suffered serious injuries and damages.

Not only did the alleged medical negligence result in paralysis, colostomy and the amputation of the woman's leg, it also resulted in the death of her unborn infant son. The U.S. Air Force's alleged negligence in diagnosing, treating and caring for the patient caused her physical, mental and emotional pain and anguish, deprived her of wages and future income, and left her with resultant medical expenses.

The defendants' alleged failure to be diligent in the woman's treatment has led her to seek out the ongoing support of an attorney. The lawsuit asks that a jury award general and special damages, interest and all legal fees in addition to any other relief as the court sees fit. Those in Massachusetts who have similarly suffered injury or even lost an infant due to a doctor's errors or mishandling of pregnancy complications may also wish to secure the representation of an experienced medical malpractice attorney in their area.

Source:, "Pregnant patient accuses health professionals of medical malpractice", Jenie Mallari-torres, Nov. 15, 2017

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