Planned Parenthood settles after woman dies

| Feb 19, 2014 | Surgical Errors

South Carolina residents may be interested in knowing about the recent case of a 24-year-old woman who died after an attempted abortion given at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic. The late-term abortion was performed in a clinic was supposed to offer only limited services. A news report of the incident did not detail the nature of the woman’s injuries. She reportedly received improper care at the clinic and was finally transferred to a hospital, but Planned Parenthood staff members reportedly did not give the hospital sufficient information to treat her. The woman died while in the hospital.

The pursuit of the wrongful death medical malpractice case resulted in a settlement in which planned Parenthood paid a $2 million sum to the family of the victim. While the initial malpractice case was still being reviewed, a legal group known as the Thomas More Society filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation that called for further investigation of the 24-year-old’s death in 2013.

The vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society noted that this case demonstrates the need for increased inspection and legal regulation of abortion clinics in Illinois. He also condemned the settlement, stating that requiring an organization to simply pay money to a victim’s family is not enough of a consequence.

As in this story, instances of medical malpractice may result in death or serious injury. However, in some cases, a victim may be able to hold a negligent medical practitioner liable for damages, and, if a victim dies, the family may be able to pursue a wrongful death case that seeks compensation. An attorney with experience litigating medical malpractice cases may be able to help victims and their families pursue a similar settle to the family in this case, which might cover the cost of additional medical care and loss of financial support.

Source: The Christian Post, “Planned Parenthood to Pay $2M Settlement to Family of Botched Abortion Victim”, Stoyan Zaimov, February 12, 2014

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