Birth Injury Case Results

$11 Million Settlement - Birth Injury

Attorneys Timothy Richardson and Paul Salzetta - In November of 2003, a 38-week-old baby girl was born at Chicago area hospital with neonatal depression (Apgars of 3 and 5). No arterial cord gas was obtained. The plaintiff alleged the labor and delivery team negligently monitored the fetal heart tracings, failed to properly interpret the fetal heart tracings, and improperly continued with the administration of Pitocin in the presence of non-reassuring tracings and uterine hyperstimulation.

$2.9 Million Verdict – Birth Injury

Attorneys Daniel E. O’Brien and Timothy M. Richardson - A Cook County jury awarded parents a $2.9 million verdict following the intrauterine death of their baby girl. The defendant nurses failed to alert a doctor even though the mother showed signs and symptoms of a uterine rupture while in the hospital. The mother’s condition progressively worsened for eight hours, but the nurses did not take action and did not check the mother’s vital signs for three of those hours. When the nurses finally alerted a doctor, the doctor initiated an emergency C-section within five minutes but found the mother’s uterus had ruptured, and the baby girl had passed away.

$2.75 Million Settlement - Prenatal Death

We settled a personal injury case on behalf of a 29-year-old woman whose child was stillborn when a nurse failed to appropriately read the fetal monitor and summon a doctor’s assistance when the monitor indicated that the baby was in distress. As a result of the nurse’s negligence, the baby died in the mother’s abdomen before being delivered. This is one of the largest settlements for this type of injury (prenatal death) recorded in Cook County.

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