Amniotic fluid embolism precedes mother’s death
<court>Harris County (Tex) District Court</court>
During the delivery of her fifth child, a woman suffered an amniotic fluid embolism and died. Her son was delivered successfully.
The patient’s husband sued, alleging that the doctors were negligent in failing to perform a timely cesarean section. He claimed that his wife suffered a uterine tear as a result of the prolonged induced labor.
The doctors asserted that amniotic fluid embolism is unpredictable and untreatable.
- The jury returned a defense verdict.
The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.