Ms. Doe, 17, experienced back and abdominal pain in her 34th week of the pregnancy. She was admitted to a local hospital where her condition deteriorated over the next several days.
Ms. Doe was then diagnosed as having sepsis and placed on a ventilator. After giving birth to her daughter, Ms. Doe’s respiratory status worsened, prompting a Code Blue. Despite efforts to resuscitate, she suffered a hypoxic brain injury resulting in cognitive impairment. Ms. Doe now requires 24-hour care and lives in a nursing home facility.
The lawsuit against the hospital claimed that the hospital’s respiratory therapists chose not to properly adjust Ms. Doe’s ventilator settings. It was alleged that the settings or the lack of the proper settings was the cause of Ms. Doe’s brain injury. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.
The defendants argued that Ms. Doe’s injuries were a natural consequence of her severe illness. After mediation, the parties settled the case for $5,700,000.
This case was handled by attorneys Daniel M. Hodes and Geoffrey Gray, both of Irvine, Calif.
The plaintiff’s counsel engaged experts in the preparation of the case in pulmonology, respiratory therapy, physical medicine and economics.
Doe v. Roe, Confidential Dkt. No. (Cal., Los Angeles Co. Super Confidential Date).
Kreisman Law Offices has been handling 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 Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Justice, Hickory Hills, Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Chicago Ridge, Blue Island, Alsip, Worth, Elk Grove Village, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake Beach and Harwood Heights, Ill.
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