After having a Cesarean section performed to safely deliver her baby, an Illinois woman developed a serious infection that prevented her from being able to recover sooner from the surgery. Instead of focusing on recovering from the operation and taking care of her new baby, the woman endured additional pain and was forced to undergo several other procedures to get rid of the infection.
The Illinois woman now believes her pregnancy-related injury was the result of medical negligence. Although scheduled and emergency C-sections usually take several weeks to recover from, women typically should not develop infections from this procedure when it is performed safely and correctly. According to reports, the woman filed a lawsuit against her doctor last month for not performing her C-section safely and correctly.
The woman is seeking $200,000 in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages resulting from her pregnancy-related injuries. The woman incurred additional medical expenses after the botched C-section because doctors had to perform several other surgeries after the delivery of the patient’s baby in order to get rid of the woman’s infection. These additional surgeries also prevented the woman from being able to work for an extended period of time. In addition to these financial consequences, the woman also had to endure additional pain and suffering while she should have been able to mainly focus on taking care of her new baby.
According to the woman’s lawsuit, the woman had a C-section performed in December 2010. During and after the procedure, the doctor failed to properly clean the surgery site and the doctor also failed to allow the woman’s incisions to irrigate and drain properly, the lawsuit states. As a result of these mistakes, the woman developed a staph infection. Fortunately, the infection was diagnosed and treated before it could cause the woman even more harm.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Staph infection claimed after C-section, suit says,” Andrea Dearden, Jan. 10, 2013