Ms. Doe, 34, was admitted to a hospital experiencing signs and symptoms of placental abruption and preeclampsia. Although the fetal heart monitor allegedly revealed signs of fetal distress, no action was taken promptly to deliver her baby. Unfortunately, the baby died later in Ms. Doe’s womb. That night, Ms. Doe experienced hypertension and later developed HELLP Syndrome.
HELLP Syndrome is a serious complication of high blood pressure during pregnancy. The acronym HELLP stands for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count. HELLP Syndrome usually develops before the 37th week of pregnancy but can occur shortly after delivery. Many women are diagnosed with preeclampsia beforehand. Symptoms include nausea, headache, belly pain and swelling.
In the case of Ms. Doe, the baby was subsequently delivered and the mother suffered a stroke. Ms. Doe now experiences balance, cognitive and physical issues and cannot return to her job where she earned approximately $32,000 per year.
Ms. Doe sued the obstetrician and the hospital, alleging that her baby’s wrongful death resulted from failure to perform a prompt delivery of the child. Ms. Doe also alleged that the defendants, obstetrician and hospital had chosen not to treat her elevated blood pressure, which is a symptom of preeclampsia.
Before a jury trial, the parties reached a structured settlement of $3 million.
The attorneys handling this tragic case for Ms. Doe and family were William Kildruff and W. Randolph Robins, Jr.
Doe v. Roe, Undisclosed Docket (Confidential).
Kreisman Law Offices has been handling maternity injury lawsuits, wrongful death cases, birth injury cases, birth trauma lawsuits, labor and delivery negligence cases and medical malpractice 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 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Buffalo Grove, Riverwoods, Glenview, Northbrook, Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, River Grove, Maywood, North Riverside, Stickney, Lyons, LaGrange, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Lemont, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Richton Park, Matteson, Chicago Heights, East Hazel Crest, Calumet Park, Blue Island, Chicago (Morgan Park, Rogers Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Greektown, Bridgeport, Douglas Park, Homan Square, West Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Belmont Gardens, Belmont Central, Mont Clare, Belmont Terrace, Irving Park), Schiller Park, Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Long Grove and Half Day, Ill.
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