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Mother Sues a Sydney Hospital for Nervous Breakdown After Losing Her Baby

Case Overview
  • Our client came to the hospital with complaints of various health issues during her first pregnancy.
  • Her problems were not addressed. Later she found that her child was not moving and the hospital advised her child to be dead.
  • She consulted Gerard Malouf and Partners and we proceeded to mediation and secured a fair settlement for our client.

An expectant mother was left deeply distressed and suffered from mental health issues after losing her baby son in utero at nearly 40 weeks gestation due to a missed diagnosis of our client’s pre-eclampsia.  

Our client came under the care of her local hospital and had all her ante-natal care at this facility from 20 weeks gestation. Towards the end of her pregnancy, our client presented to the Hospital’s ante-natal clinic with symptoms of swelling of her feet and legs, raised blood pressure and a week-long history of severe headaches. Our client also contacted the Hospital’s birthing unit prior to her due date with similar complaints but was advised to take Panadol and stay at home to rest.

After multiple complaints to the Hospital and no improvement in our client’s symptoms, our client eventually attended the Hospital for the investigation of her symptoms, as she became very concerned about her baby and the possibility of foetal death. The Hospital discharged our client and told her that everything was going to be okay. Unfortunately, our client subsequently noticed that her baby was not moving. She presented back to the Hospital and was advised that her unborn baby had died. 

Our Approach

Our client consulted with one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers, Julie Baqleh, Partner. Following preliminary investigations, we found that the Hospital failed to perform a urine test, CTG monitoring and/or ultrasound on our client. Our client was not referred to undergo serial blood pressure recordings, detection and quantitation of any proteinuria, serial blood tests and/or referred to a Pregnancy Day Assessment. The Hospital’s failure to refer our client to a foetal medicine specialist and/or run the above tests meant that the intrauterine foetal growth restriction was neither recognised nor managed appropriately.

The Hospital breached its duty of care to our client. Had the intrauterine foetal growth restriction been recognised and monitored using the above investigatory methods, then it was reasonably likely that our client’s baby would have survived.

The Result

We proceeded to a mediation, and we were able to secure a fair settlement for our client for her psychological injuries and treatment expenses.

Julie Baqleh Lawyer

Julie Baqleh

Partner
My idea of success is to offer my clients a sympathetic listening ear and to understand their needs.
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