$550,000 Settlement for Death of Infant After Failure to Diagnose Placental Abruption

During Ms. Doe’s 32nd week of pregnancy, she experienced contractions. Doe went to a nearby hospital where vaginal bleeding, elevated blood pressure and pre-term labor were all noted in her hospital chart. She was under observation for about 36 hours at the hospital before she was discharged to go home.

About 14 hours after discharge, Doe’s water broke. She returned to the hospital where she delivered her daughter by way of an emergency Caesarean section. The child’s Apgar scores were 1 at one minute and 4 at five minutes.

The child was diagnosed as having suffered an asphyxia and spent a number of weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The baby died one year later from pneumonia and complications of severe brain damage suffered at birth.

Doe and the child’s father, individually and on her behalf, sued the hospital and several healthcare providers claiming failure to timely diagnose a placental abruption and promptly delivering the baby.

The defendants argued that Doe’s discharge from the hospital was within the standard of care and that she was no longer in pre-term labor. Before trial, the parties settled for $550,000. The Doe family was excellently represented by attorneys Jesse M. Reiter, Rebecca S. Walsh and Emily G. Thomas of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Doe v. Roe, Confidential Docket No. (Mich., Confidential Court, May 23, 2014).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling birth injury cases, wrongful death cases, brain injury cases and medical negligence cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Prospect Heights, River Forest, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, LaGrange Park, Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Ridge, Buffalo Grove, Berwyn, Berkeley, Barrington Hills, Western Springs, Willow Springs, Wilmette and Harvey, Ill.

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