Physicians failed to communicate and follow up on abnormal test results; delivery delayed and intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) baby was oxygen deprived
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Bloomfield Hills, MI March 10, 2014 – The staff at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, PC is pleased to announce that the firm has once again obtained a sizeable settlement for a deserving client. The case involved a series of mistakes made by physicians and hospital staff which resulted in a baby being born with brain damage. The child has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and profound developmental delays. He cannot walk or talk and requires feeding by tube.
Reiter & Walsh asserted in this very difficult case that the mother’s sickle cell disease, brain abscess requiring cranial surgery during pregnancy, seizures, and multiple hospitalizations during pregnancy placed her in a high-risk category. Despite being high-risk, staff and doctors managing her care did not communicate or follow-up on abnormal test results.
One such result revealed that the baby was not growing proportionally to gestational age. This finding required early delivery of the baby, between 34 and 37 weeks gestation. Instead, the pregnancy was allowed to continue and the mother experienced a sickle cell crisis at 37 weeks. During this time the baby’s fetal heart tracings were non-reassuring and an emergency C-section was ordered but delayed. This deprived the baby of oxygen resulting in brain damage.
Attorney Jesse M. Reiter, co-founder and senior partner in the firm, said, “We are extremely pleased to have been able to win this sizeable settlement for our client. While no amount of money can make our client whole, we’re happy that the award will help restore some peace of mind for the family and help with the costs of medical care, therapies and more. This is a devastating situation that no family should have to endure.”Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, PC is a Detroit, Michigan-based birth injury and cerebral palsy law firm. We are an award-winning firm with an outstanding record of verdicts and settlements. Reiter & Walsh attorneys are recognized as among the best in the nation by such prestigious organizations as U.S. News and World Report, SuperLawyers, and AVVO.