Case Results

    $144,585,020

    Oakland County, Michigan


    In 2011, Beam & Raymond and Geoffrey Fieger achieved one of the highest birth injury verdicts in American history. A jury in Detroit found that the labor and delivery nurses, obstetrician, and residents committed several negligent acts during both the prenatal and labor and delivery periods. Medical staff failed to properly estimate the weight of the Baby Markell, and later erred again when they mixed up two patients, causing them to believe that Markell’s mother was having a 7 pound baby when Markell was actually nearly 11 pounds. The doctors proceeded to administer Pitocin instead of delivering the child via C-section, resulting in severe injury to the baby. Baby Markell was born with significant brain hemorrhages, a broken clavicle, and significant bruising. Williams Beaumont hospital records indicate a “difficult vaginal delivery” with “scalp and facial bruising and swelling” and “occasional tremors [seizures].”

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    $30,000,000

    Cuyahoga County, Ohio


    In Cleveland, Ohio, Geoffrey Fieger and Beam and Raymond won a record $30 million for a brain damaged 17-year-old boy. A Cuyahoga County jury found that the obstetrician, along with the now defunct hospital, were negligent in neglecting to deliver baby Walter Hollins earlier. Witnesses testified that Walter’s mother waited for two hours to receive an “emergency” Caesarian section. During that time, the flow of oxygen to Baby Walter’s brain was devastatingly reduced. This hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and ischemia (lack of blood) combined to cause Walter’s cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Walter will forever be wheelchair-bound. He requires 24-hour care and is entirely dependent upon his mother and his other care givers for even the most basic human needs.

    $26,000,000

    Washington County, Pennsylvania


    The first time Beam and Raymond teamed up with Geoffrey Fieger, they won a $26 million verdict for Ryan Taylor, an infant whose hypoglycemia went undiagnosed and untreated. In this case, the doctors and hospital in Washington County, Pennsylvania, violated their own policies and procedures, which required a newborn to be monitored and screened for low blood sugar. All this newborn baby needed was a little sugar water in the nursery. Instead, Ryan went uncared for so long that he suffered severe hypoglycemia, which resulted in seizures, cerebral palsy, and permanent brain damage. Consequently, Ryan will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life. Before the jury verdict, the defendant doctors and defendant hospital never offered a penny. This was the largest neonatal malpractice verdict ever in Western Pennsylvania.

    $20,000,000

    Wayne County, Michigan


    Beam and Raymond and Geoffrey Fieger obtained a $20 million verdict against Detroit Medical Center and Hutzel Hospital for negligently discharging a laboring mother despite the fact that she was about to give birth, thus depriving the minor-child of medical attention for her serious medical needs. Testimony at trial indicated that the hospital was quick to discharge C.B.’s mother because she was an inmate at Wayne County Jail, and they did not care for her jail uniform. Throughout the trial, the Defendant Hospital pointed the finger at the Defendant Jail for the malpractice at issue. The verdict was one of the largest in the state of Michigan in 2014.

    $17,000,000

    Monangalia County, West Virginia


    Like Markell, Ryan, and Walter, Marissa Pochron is a very special child. She too is an extraordinary survivor. The malpractice committed against sweet Marissa occurred both before and after birth. The obstetrician should have delivered Marissa via Caesarian section and sooner. When Marissa was born severely depressed, hypoxic, and hypoglycemic, the hospital staff and nurses should have—but did not—properly resuscitate and treat her. The nursing staff even ignored orders from the neonatologist, leading to further harm. Marissa suffers from brain damage, cerebral palsy, and spastic quadriplegia. The jury found the hospital and the obstetrician liable for $17 million. This was the largest verdict in an obstetrical/neonatal malpractice case in the history of West Virginia.

    $13,000,000

    Tennessee


    $13 million was received in settlement of a case in which the residents’ and nurses’ lack of skill and care interpreting the fetal heart rate monitor, caused delay in delivery, and, thereafter, permanent damage to the unborn baby. This case was settled for $13 million.

    $12,000,000

    Michigan


    When a hospital misjudged the size of an unborn baby and neglected to perform a caesarian section, the baby was born profoundly injured. She will never walk, talk, or feed herself. This case was settled for $12 million.

    $11,000,000

    Illinois


    A case in which negligent management of labor and delivery, resulting in brain damage of the baby, was settled for $11 million.

    $11,000,000

    West Virginia


    For a significant period of time, doctors and nurses confused the mother’s heartrate for the baby’s, and, therefore, failed to recognize significant fetal distress, leading to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and the need for lifetime attendant care. This case was settled for $11 million.

    $10,000,000

    Ohio


    When the hospital and its physicians failed to fully recognize placental insufficiency, they also failed to deliver a baby prior to brain injury. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $10 million.

    $9,500,000

    Washington


    When a depressed newborn was delivered and needed resuscitation, the hospital failed to properly intubate, resulting in a lack of oxygen, seizures, and brain damage. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $9.5 million.

    $9,350,000

    Minnesota


    This Minnesota case, in which doctors’ and residents’ failure to deliver an infant despite protracted labor, tachysystole, and hours of non-reassuring fetal heart rate tones, resulting in cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage, settled for $9.35 million.

    $8,000,000

    Ohio


    The medical personnel at defendant hospital allowed mom and baby to struggle through labor for approximately 48 hours, which should have never happened. Due to non-reassuring fetal heart tracings and the overuse of Pitocin and Cytotec, which are both contraction-inducing drugs, the doctors should have called a C-section several hours earlier. Although the baby was not progressing sufficiently down the birth canal, the medical personnel continued to misuse these dangerous drugs. Due to the lack of blood flow during labor, baby was deprived of oxygen and therefore suffered permanent brain damage.

    $8,000,000

    Michigan


    Beam and Raymond procured a settlement against Wayne County Jail for failing to implement, adopt, and/or tolerate customs, practices, polices, and/or procedures which deprived laboring mother and inmate of medical attention for her serious medical needs. This case was settled for $8 million.

    $7,900,000

    Michigan


    Practitioners failed to perform an earlier delivery even though the baby and mother were suffering from a complete placenta previa—a complication in which the placenta is attached too low in the uterus, putting mother and baby at risk for hemorrhage. Failure to deliver earlier resulted in permanent and irreversible cerebral palsy and brain damage. Beam and Raymond procured a settlement of $7.9 million.

    $7,750,000

    Pennsylvania


    Mom was presented as a high-risk patient with diabetes and other risk factors. Mom had elevated blood pressures, tachysystole, and excessive uterine activity throughout her labor. The doctors administered both Cytotec and Pitocin, which are contraction-inducing drugs, when the drugs should have been reduced and discontinued altogether in the presence of the non-reassuring signs and symptoms that were present due to baby’s failure to progress.

    $7,500,000

    Michigan


    In light of hospital negligence, inadequate nurse and physician staffing, and failure to interpret the fetal heart rate monitor and delivery the baby sooner, resulting in cerebral palsy and severe brain damage, the case was settled for $7.5 million.

    $7,000,000

    Michigan


    Negligence by the physicians and nurses during the prenatal and post-delivery periods resulted in cerebral palsy and brain damage. This case was settled for $7 million.

    $7,000,000

    Tennessee


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby sooner resulted in a lack of oxygen to the baby, who suffered and continues to suffer from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This case was settled for $7 million.

    $6,950,000

    Michigan


    Pitocin was administered to induce pregnancy. Mom suffered a severe blood pressure increase during labor. Pitocin was used despite tachysystole and decelerations. Vacuum assisted delivery was performed, and baby was born severely depressed. Pitocin should have been discontinued and doctors should have delivered baby hours earlier due to arrest of labor and the presence of repetitive late decelerations which are indicative of uteroplacental insufficiency (too little oxygen and blood flow to the baby). Despite suffering from hypoxic ischemia and seizures, baby did not receive therapeutic head cooling resulting in permanent brain damage.

    $6,500,000

    Missouri


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby soon enough resulted in a lack of oxygen and cerebral palsy. On this case, Beam and Raymond obtained a settlement of $6.5 million.

    $5,850,000

    Michigan


    When an improperly placed epidural caused Mother’s heart to stop, baby was deprived of oxygen and was brain damaged. This case settled for $5.85 million.

    $5,700,000

    Michigan


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby earlier caused a lack of oxygen. The baby now suffers from cerebral palsy. This case was settled for $5.7 million.

    $5,500,000

    Michigan


    Doctors failed to monitor mother days prior to delivery and determine that her membranes were in fact leaking. Rather than keeping mother at the hospital for further management, she was discharged home and doctors did not rule out the onset of labor. There was a wide window of opportunity to prevent baby’s brain damage days before delivery. Baby suffered severe bradycardia. A first year resident mismanaged mother’s care. A C-Section should have been performed hours earlier. The attending obstetrician did not arrive until after baby’s birth. Baby suffered catastrophic injuries that have resulted in his diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delays, expressive language disorder and cortical blindness.

    $5,500,000

    Kentucky


    Mother was experiencing gestational hypertension. Medical staff failed to advocate for an earlier delivery based on baby’s extended periods of non-reassuring fetal heart rates. There were prolonged, arrested labor signs of fetal distress on the electronic fetal heart monitor, and the physicians used forceps to force delivery of the baby. Consequently, baby suffered permanent brain damage.

    $5,400,000

    Missouri


    After doctors failed to deliver the baby sooner, after meconium aspiration, this baby was born via “emergency” C-section and now suffers from cerebral palsy. This case settled for $5.4 million.

    $5,250,000

    Ohio


    When doctors prematurely ruptured a mother’s amniotic membrane, and incorrectly administered Pitocin, a baby was born bruised and brain-damaged. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $5.25 million.

    $4,850,000

    Michigan


    Mom was presented as a high-risk patient due to preeclampsia, obesity, and excessively frequent and strong contractions. The medical staff failed to monitor mom and baby. The doctors administered Pitocin to induce delivery despite baby being tachycardic. Baby did not progress down the birth canal and suffered severe shoulder dystocia. Baby Baby was born severely depressed via a C-Section, which should have been performed earlier. Baby was sent to the NICU for hypothermic treatment and placed on a ventilator. Baby was noted to suffer seizures and was later diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encapholpathy.

    $4,750,000

    Michigan


    When misapplication of a vacuum device to a baby’s head significantly contributed to skull fracture and brain trauma at birth, the baby was born severely brain damaged. This case was settled for $4.75 million.

    $4,500,000

    Kentucky


    The medical staff failed to recognize signs that baby was not tolerating labor and should have called a C-section 4.5 hours before it was finally performed. The medical staff was negligent by continuing to increase the dose of Pitocin in the face of several late decelerations and other non-reassuring signs of fetal intolerance of labor. The medical staff continued to increase the dose of Pitocin despite strong contractions, directly disobeying the hospital’s own policies and procedures as well as the warning signs printed on the drug’s package insert.

    $4,500,000

    Michigan


    A young girl’s cerebral palsy was caused when her mother was administered excessive Pitocin to induce her labor and delivery. This case settled for $4.5 million.

    $4,000,000

    Missouri


    The medical staff failed to adequately monitor baby. Despite recurrent tachysystole, or contractions occurring too frequently, the doctors and nurses continued to give mom Pitocin, a drug that increases the strength and frequency of contractions. The medical staff failed to follow their own policies and procedures regarding the administration of Pitocin by failing to discontinue the drug in the face of tachysystole when the EFHM strip was readable and also when the strip was unreadable for extended periods of time throughout the labor and delivery.

    $3,750,000

    Michigan


    A newborn stopped breathing at eight hours of life, and it took several minutes for nurses to recognize the problem. When they finally did, she was blue. She now suffers from cerebral palsy. The case was settled for $3.75 million.

    $3,000,000

    Arizona


    An improper amniotomy and delayed Caesarian section caused a baby’s cerebral palsy and brain damage. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $3 million.

    $3,000,000

    Colorado


    Failure to recognize decelerations of the baby’s heart on the fetal heart rate monitor and deliver sooner resulted in cerebral palsy and brain damage. This case was also settled for $3 million.

    $3,000,000

    Pennsylvania


    Baby’s mother had a placenta previa, recognizable on ultrasound, but it was not diagnosed by her obstetrician, leading to injuries at birth with seizures. MRI imaging confirmed anoxic brain injury. This case was settled for $3 million.

    $2,900,000

    Tennessee


    When nurses elected to discharge a mother whose baby was in fetal distress, rather than effectively notify the attending physician or treat the condition, the baby was born with hypoxia-ischemia and seizures. She now suffers from cerebral palsy. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $2.9 million.

    $2,500,000

    Kentucky


    In this case, there was failure to diagnose a placental abruption and therefore delivery by emergency C-section. This case settled for $2.5 million.

    $1,500,000

    Montana


    A mother, who also happened to be a registered nurse, gave birth to a full-term infant, following fetal distress and need for resuscitation, which failures of care led to cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage. It was medical negligence not to deliver the baby earlier, by C-section. This case settled for $1.5 million.

    $1,500,000

    Wyoming


    Beam and Raymond brought suit for a baby who was a military-dependent, under the Federal Tort Claims Act, for injuries sustained at birth in a military hospital. This case was settled for $1.5 million.

    $1,300,000

    Oklahoma


    Nurses’ and residents’ lack of skill and care in interpreting the fetal heart rate monitoring, caused a delay in delivery and brain damage to the newborn baby. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $1.3 million.

    $1,000,000

    Military Claims Act


    Beam and Raymond filed suit under the U.S. Military Claims act on behalf of a military dependent born in a military hospital in Germany. The case involved delayed emergency C-section for fetal distress, resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy. This case was settled for $1 million.

    $850,000

    Texas


    The hospital failed to deliver a baby earlier, resulting in birth injuries leading to death. This case was settled for $850,000.

    $800,000

    Non-OB/NEO Malpractice Case - Arkansas


    When an Arkansas hospital failed to properly treat a compound fracture resulting in infection and requiring the amputation of an arm, Beam and Raymond settled the case for $800,000.

    $750,000

    Non-OB/NEO Malpractice Case - Wisconsin


    In Wisconsin, a paraplegic suffered further complications from a defective surgical product, resulting in quadriparesis. This case settled for $750,000.

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