What is our recourse if a C-section turned into an emergency hysterectomy?
Question Details: A wife went in for a routine C-section but upon recovery, she had low blood pressure that continued to drop drastically 2 times. The anesthesiologist was busy with other cases and was unable to attend to my wife immediately. She went into convulsions and rapid response teams were called in. Ultimately an emergency hysterectomy was needed. Her husband did not sign consent prior to surgery. The wife had to have a uterine artery stitched, which did not hold causing massive amounts of blood to flow into pelvis and back cavities. A trauma surgeon was called into the operating room to join the surgery team. An ICU stay was necessary for 3 days and it resulted with 6 units of blood needed. She is still in hospital as of today.
The issue is whether the clinic, hospital, or doctor(s) did something wrong: if under the circumstances, the care they provided was negligent, or unreasonably careless, or otherwise did not rise to the level of care expected, and if that negligence, etc. either precipitated the emergency hysteroctomy or caused the consequences to be more severe than they would have been otherwise. If you can show those two things--fault; and that the fault led to the injury or bad consequences which befell your wife--then you well have a viable malpractice case for medical costs, possibly pain and suffering, lost wages from not being to work, the cost to hire caregivers during recovery if necessary, etc.
Conversely, if the medical team did nothing wrong--what they did met current standards of care under the circumstances--or if they were in the wrong, but that did not affect the outcome (it was going to happen no matter what), they are not liable: you need fault and causation for a case.
Only other medical experts (e.g. doctors) can determine fault and causation; as a layperson, your opinion is not valid. So you need to get a sense from other doctors or medical experts as to whether the medical team was in the wrong and caused harm. If you don't know any doctors to get a trustworthy opinion from, contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case: he or she will likely have or know physicians who can do this.