Regardless of infant plaintiff’s critical conditions at birth, he was not admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) until 1:30 p.m., almost an hour after birth.
Yonkers, New York (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald have been representing clients who have been harmed by substandard medical care since 1971. The firm handles several different types of claims that include inadequate prenatal care, birth injuries, brain injuries, situations where a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and situations where a child is diagnosed with autism. The firm hereby announces that it has successfully negotiated a settlement for a lawsuit that resulted in damages of $4 million being paid to the infant plaintiff.
The lawsuit at issue was filed in the Bronx County Supreme Court against a local hospital and a doctor who were charged with the care of the infant plaintiff. The case was assigned a case number of 94080A and it was filed on behalf of a child who allegedly suffered permanent injuries as a result of inadequate care on the part of the defendants. Specifically, the child was ultimately diagnosed with conditions that include cerebral palsy, encephalopathy and periventricular leukomalacia.
According to the court documents associated with the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s mother reported to the defendant hospital at 30 weeks of gestation. The mother was between eight and nine centimeters dilated and she was attached to a fetal heart monitor. The monitor detected an irregular heartbeat, but no C-section birth was immediately ordered. One hour later, the plaintiff’s mother was fully dilated and 15 minutes after that she delivered the child via a vaginal birth.
At the time of the birth, the infant plaintiff was noted to have no spontaneous breathing at birth and was bagged with 100% oxygen. Regardless of infant plaintiff’s critical conditions at birth, he was not admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) until 1:30 p.m., almost an hour after birth. Upon admission to the NICU, the infant plaintiff was diagnosed as having perinatal asphyxia, apnea, and bradycardia of prematurity.
The court documents went on to state that numerous events were noted at that time, including anemia, intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), possible retinopathy of prematurity, hazy lung pictures, aspiration, persistent acidosis, low PO2s and bicarbonates. A head sonogram further revealed extensive bilateral periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). The infant plaintiff was discharged at one month of age. He was delayed in his developmental milestones and diagnosed as having cerebral palsy.
The New York medical malpractice lawyers brought this action against the overseeing doctor and the hospital claiming that both parties were negligent in failing to properly care for the infant prior to his birth and for failing to immediately order a C-section delivery. Rather than bring the matter to verdict, the two sides were able to negotiate a settlement in the amount of $4 million.
About Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald is a law firm comprised of New York medical malpractice lawyers who have been representing clients harmed by the negligence of medical professionals overseeing births since the firm’s inception in 1971. The attorneys at the firm handle New York birth injury cases, New York medical malpractice cases, New York cerebral palsy cases, New York personal injury cases, auto accident cases and other types of litigation matters that involve injuries inflicted upon individuals who need legal help.