$1.1 Million Settlement in Failure to Perform Cervical Cerclage, Death of Fetus

Ms. Doe required cervical cerclage to address cervical insufficiency during previous pregnancies. She consulted a maternal-fetal medicine specialist during the 12th week of her fourth pregnancy. After an evaluation, the doctor allegedly offered numerous treatment options to Ms. Doe.

When Ms. Doe returned four weeks later, her cervix measured 23 millimeters. She requested a cervical cerclage given her condition. The cervix measured 20.1 millimeters when another specialist evaluated her less than a week later. In another week, the treating physician scheduled the cerclage.

While Ms. Doe was on her way to the procedure, her cervix failed. She went into labor. Her child was born at approximately 18-weeks gestation and died within an hour of his birth. Ms. Doe sued the two doctors alleging they chose not to perform a timely cervical cerclage. Ms. Doe asserted that the first doctor specialist should have ensured the procedure was performed within four days as Ms. Doe had requested and that the second specialist should have admitted Ms. Doe to the hospital for an urgent cerclage. None of that was done.

During trial, the parties settled for $1.1 million.

The attorneys that handled this matter for Ms. Doe were Travis W. Markley, Richard L. Nagle, Heather E. Zaug and Benjamin M. Wengerd.

Doe v. Roe, Confidential docket.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling medical negligence lawsuits, birth trauma injury cases, obstetric negligence lawsuits, and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 48 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Flossmoor, Tinley Park, Palos Hills, Calumet City, Morton Grove, Niles, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Willowbrook, Chicago (Rogers Park, Portage Park, Lincoln Park, West Town, Hegewisch, East Side, Chatham), Libertyville, Mundelein, Waukegan and Hinsdale, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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