$6,000,000 Settlement in Birth Injury Lawsuit Against Hospital

In a New York case, a pregnant woman was admitted to a hospital for labor and delivery. For 50 hours, her labor failed to progress and she contracted an intra-amniotic infection (chorioamnionitis). Despite the infection and multiple signs of fetal distress, the hospital failed to perform a C-section in a timely manner. As a result, the infant subsequently suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Partners S. Joseph Donahue and Jeffrey A. Block recovered a $6 million settlement on behalf of the child.

Case Summary
The pregnant mother presented to Defendant North Central Bronx Hospital for labor and delivery of now 6-year-old infant Plaintiff. The mother was full term, with no prenatal complications and had a spontaneous rupture of membranes while at home. The mother was admitted to labor and delivery. During the next 50 hours the mother's labor failed to progress. Due to prolonged rupture of membranes, she contracted chorioamnionitis, an infection. Despite the failure of her labor to progress, the presence of infection and repeated signs of fetal distress, Defendant hospital failed to perform a timely caesarean section.

As a result of the failure to perform a timely caesarean section, infant Plaintiff suffered a stroke and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Settlement Amount
A settlement was reached on behalf of the Plaintiff for $6,000,000.

Attorneys
This matter was handled by Partners S. Joseph Donahue and Jeffrey A. Block.