$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

    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.

    $5,500,000

    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.

    $5,400,000

    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

    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.

    $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.

    $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

    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.

    $1,500,000

    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.

    $1,300,000

    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.

    *Of industrialized nations of the world, the U.S. ranks among the highest in maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Since 1983, Beam & Raymond has won over a quarter of a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients. This is a sample of just a few of the cases where Beam & Raymond has fought for—and won—justice for children and their families whose lives have been irreparably damaged by “modern” American maternal and infant medical care.*‚Äč

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