Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Lawyers Obtain $8.5 Million for a Child with Cerebral Palsy caused by HIE
The dedicated birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh, P.C. secured a $3.9 Million settlement (total annuity payout: $8.5 million) for a child with motor delays and a low average IQ due to medical malpractice.
The plaintiff, pregnant for the first time, treated prenatally at a clinic. She went to the hospital in labor. The fetal heart monitor, on admission, showed the baby was doing fine. Shortly after admission, the doctor, a member of Plaintiff’s prenatal care clinic, recognized the baby was in a position to deliver face first. This type of delivery requires additional monitoring and C-section is often recommended (but was not even mentioned in this case.) The fetal monitor used at this hospital was known to confuse the mom’s heartbeat with the baby’s. The manufacturer recommended use of a pulse oximeter to easily overcome this deficiency. This involves placing a little clip on the mom’s finger – an easy and painless act. This was not done in the Plaintiff’s case. The nursing staff claimed they had never been trained to use the pulse oximeter. When she was delivered, this baby girl had significant facial injuries because she was delivered face first. She also was born depressed due to inadequate oxygen supply during delivery. She was diagnosed with mild to moderated hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The child suffers from motor delays due to mild cerebral palsy and a has a low average IQ.
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