Michigan HIE Lawyers Obtain $6.9 Million Settlement for Child with HIE

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The Detroit, Michigan HIE lawyers at Reiter & Walsh, P.C. secured a $6.9 million settlement for a baby born with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy from medical malpractice. This case began with a young mother went to the hospital in labor with a baby showing signs of fetal distress. Residents and nurses watched as the fetal heart monitor showed the baby’s condition deteriorating over 12 hours, with obvious signs of fetal distress. When the attending doctor finally arrived at the hospital, she chastised the resident physician in front of  the mother for not notifying her sooner. The baby was delivered by emergency C-section but it was too late. The baby had been deprived of oxygen for too long and had suffered permanent brain damage. Shortly after birth, the child was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE / birth asphyxia) and birth anoxia (lack of oxygen to tissues or organs), which caused cerebral palsy.

Detroit, Michigan HIE Lawyers Discuss the Importance of a Prompt Delivery When Fetal Distress is Present

C-section and fetal distressDuring labor and delivery, the baby’s heart rate should be monitored by a fetal heart rate monitor.  Tracings from the monitor show the baby’s heart rate, and when contractions begin to occur, the heart rate in response to contractions is shown.  When the heart tracings show that the baby’s heart rate pattern is non-reassuring, it means she is in distress and is being deprived of oxygen and must be delivered very soon.  Often, a C-section delivery is the safest and fastest way to do this.  Delaying the delivery of a baby who is in distress can cause permanent brain damage due to a prolonged lack of oxygen rich blood in the baby’s brain.  Indeed, it is important for physicians and the medical team to pay close attention to the fetal heart tracings.  Medical personnel should be skilled enough in heart tracing interpretation that they notice even subtle changes in the tracings.

Not only is it crucial for the medical team to recognize non-reassuring heart tracings, but the staff must be prepared to act on these findings.  Research shows that a breakdown in communication among members of the medical team is one of the causes of permanent injury in baby.  In this case, the resident and nurses failed to appreciate the signs of distress on the fetal heart monitor, and they failed to inform the attending physician of the non-reassuring heart tracings.  This tragic delay caused the baby to be deprived of oxygen rich blood for so long that she suffered severe brain damage as a result.

Reiter & Walsh: Detroit, Michigan HIE Lawyers Focusing Solely on Birth Injury Cases

If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), the Michigan HIE lawyers at ABC Law Centers can help. We have helped children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy and a secure future, and we give personal attention to each child and family we represent. Our nationally recognized birth injury firm has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success and no fees are ever paid to our firm ­until we win your case. Email or call Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation. Our firm’s award-winning Michigan HIE lawyers are available 24 / 7 to speak with you.


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