Recently, a woman died from an abortion at 25 weeks gestation. The woman bled to death after leaving the clinic. Prior to leaving the clinic, the woman collapsed on the bathroom floor. However, physicians still allowed her to go home. On her way home, the woman became unconscious. The driver of the vehicle called 911. However, when the ambulance arrived the woman was pronounced dead. After the woman’s death, the physician pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide. In this instance, the doctor had severed the patient’s uterine aorta, pierced the uterine wall, and tore her cervix.
While abortions are generally a safe procedure, sometimes doctors make careless errors that can result in injuries to a patient. These mistakes may occur at the following times:
- During the procedure;
- At the follow-up.
Some common abortion procedure errors include:
- Failure to monitor vitals;
- Failure to administer proper medications;
- Improper sterilization of surgical equipment resulting in an infection;
- Improper training resulting in common medical negligence;
- Improper procedural technique resulting in excess bleeding; and
- Anesthesia errors.
In New Jersey, a doctor has a duty to provide adequate and competent care when performing an abortion. The failure to administer adequate and competent care in accordance with a reasonably accepted standard of care may result in medical negligence. A patient that suffers injuries during an abortion procedure may recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a physician’s negligence during an abortion procedure, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. The attorneys at the Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers who can fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at 908-352-2500.