Cook County, Illinois
In this Cook County, Illinois case, the Defendant hospital failed to recognize
the warning signs of fetal distress during a two day induction of a young
mother. Due to the hospital’s overuse of Pitocin during the labor
and delivery and their failure to perform a cesarean section, excessive
contractions stopped oxygen delivery and blood flow to the baby’s
brain. The hospital’s negligence caused severe brain damage to the
child, who cannot walk, talk or care for herself. Beam and Raymond settled
this case for $15 million dollars.
$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.
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.
A case in which negligent management of labor and delivery, resulting in
brain damage of the baby, was settled for $11 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wayne County, Michigan
$6.875 million settlement in Wayne County, Michigan for a child who suffered brain damage
after medical staff failed to perform an emergency C-section hours earlier
when they should have detected fetal distress. As a result of the lack
of oxygen to the brain, the baby has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia
cerebral palsy, seizures, microcephaly and global developmental delays
which will require around the clock care for the rest of the baby’s life.
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.
When an improperly placed epidural caused Mother’s heart to stop,
baby was deprived of oxygen and was brain damaged. This case settled for
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
An improper amniotomy and delayed Caesarian section caused a baby’s
cerebral palsy and brain damage. Beam and Raymond settled this case for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hospital failed to deliver a baby earlier, resulting in birth injuries
leading to death. This case was settled for $850,000.
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.
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
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