Infant Death Following Mother’s Diabetes Complications- 400000.0000
Mother Doe v. Hospital
Mother Doe, in her early 20s, was scheduled for an induction of labor on
her due date representing 40 completed weeks of pregnancy. Mother was
a longtime patient of Hospital and was a high risk patient because she
was a Type 1, Class C, insulin dependent diabetic, diagnosed at age 10.
Three days before her due date, Mother Doe was examined by a Kaiser nurse
practitioner. The exam demonstrated a healthy baby boy and Mother's
cervix showed no signs of going into labor. As a result, an induction
of labor was confirmed for her due date.
Mother Doe called Kaiser at 5:30 p.m. on her due date to receive instructions
regarding her induction of labor. She reported to the phone nurse that
the baby was not moving as well. Kaiser disputed that she conveyed this
information. The nurse advised her that there were no beds available and
to call back at 9 p.m. Mother called back at 8:50 p.m. and again told
the nurse that the baby was not moving well. Kaiser also disputes that
she conveyed this information. The phone nurse told Mother that there
were still no beds available and that she would receive a call when one
was open for her. The nurse called back about an hour later and told Mother
she could come to the hospital. Mother arrived at the hospital between
10:45 and 11 p.m.
Once at the hospital, Mother was placed on the fetal monitor, which showed
a fetal heart rate of 130 to 140 with minimal variability. However, at
11:45 p.m. a significant late deceleration occurred, and the staff called
for an emergency cesarean delivery. At 12:25 a.m., Baby Doe was born.
There was an initial heartbeat, but none by one minute. Baby Doe died
just after birth.
LEGAL THEORIES AND STRATEGIES
Rouda Feter Tietjen & McGuinn argued that the doctors at the hospital
failed to meet the standard of care by failing to deliver the baby prior
to the completion of 39 weeks due to the mother's status as a Type
1, Class C insulin dependent diabetic. The firm alleged that the hospital
should have told Mother Doe of the risks involved with delivering past
39 completed weeks considering her diabetic status, as well as failing
to discuss with her the risks and benefits involved with the timing of
her deliver, as well as spontaneous delivery vs. induction of labor.
$400,000 arbitration result. The arbitrator agreed that Hospital failed
to secure an informed consent to proceed to 40 weeks of pregnancy and
awarded $250,000 to the parents for the wrongful death of Baby Doe and
$150,000 to Mother Doe for negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Cerebral Palsy- 84300000.0000
Andrew Leyvas v. Norma Paragas, M.D.
Andrew Leyvas was born with jaundice. The hospital released him without adequate testing or treatment. His parents sought medical help four days later. His father telephoned Dr. Norma Paragas, a pediatrician who was on call for the child's regular doctor. Andrew's mother called a second time several hours later. Both parents reported that the baby's skin was yellow and he was experiencing difficulty feeding.
Dr. Paragas did not request to see the baby and failed to recognize that both calls dealt with the same baby. The parents, concerned about the apathy displayed by Paragas, called the emergency room. Twelve hours after initially speaking with Paragas, Andrew was finally admitted to the hospital.
Medical tests found Andrew to be suffering from hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, conditions found in newborn babies when their livers cannot break down a blood waste called bilirubin. Bilirubin becomes a potent neurotoxin if allowed to accumulate in the body.
LEGAL THEORIES AND STRATEGIES
The firm contended that proper diagnosis and treatment did not begin until the doctor turned the case over to a neonatal specialist on June 8. The poisoning of Andrew's brain, due to a delay in treatment caused him to become a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Andrew’s parents maintained that the doctor was dismissive of the parents' initial concerns regarding their baby, inattentive to the infant's symptoms and failed to competently deal with the baby's problems.
$84.3 million jury verdict
Mother Killed by Doctor Inserting Catheter- 1000000.0000
Jane Doe v. Dr. Dialysis
Jane Doe, a 26-year-old mother, went to defendant’s hospital for a routine outpatient surgery to place a central venous catheter for kidney dialysis. During the procedure, defendant doctor punctured the patient’s right internal jugular vein and her right subclavian artery.
The doctor and hospital failed to recognize their error. Jane bled to death in the recovery room. She was a single mom with a seven-year-old daughter. Jane was disabled and on a waiting list for a kidney transplant at the time of her death. Her life expectancy was significantly shortened due to preexisting medical conditions.
LEGAL THEORIES AND STRATEGIES
The doctor and hospital claimed that puncturing a vein or artery is a risk associated with the CVC procedure, and they did not fall below the standard of care. Doe claimed that while the risk of a punctured vein or artery may be a risk of the procedure, defendants were negligent in monitoring the patient’s condition after the procedure, and they failed to act promptly to save the patient’s life.
Mother Suffered Brain Damage-Medical Malpractice- 3600000.0000
Sherri v. Hospital, Doctor Doe, and Medical Group
Sherri, a 32-year-old mother, was in the burn Intensive Care Unit known as the hydrotherapy room. She was having her dressing change for third her degree burns. The medical personnel failed to protect Sherri's airway while she was in the hydrotherapy room. As a result, Sherri was deprived of sufficient oxygen, which resulted in permanent brain damage.
$3.6 million settlement
Student suffers mild brain injury after being hit by car while crossing street- 1200000.0000
Sarah Student v. Nina Nanny
Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah Student was walking her regular route to take MUNI home from San Francisco State University where she was a junior. After waiting for the pedestrian signal permitting her to walk, Student began to cross the busy intersection on the outer edge of a group of other pedestrians. Nina Nanny, driving a late-model Volvo, failed to stop at the light. The Volvo struck Student on the left side of her body throwing Student onto the hood of the car, which she dented with her body. Student then fell to the ground striking her head on the pavement.
Nanny, who was driving her employer’s car with permission, was late to her class at San Francisco State University where she had an exam. Although Nanny saw that the light at the intersection was yellow, she tried to make in through to avoid waiting for a red light. Student suffered a neck injury, with pain radiating into her right shoulder. She also suffered a mild traumatic brain injury that caused significant cognitive deficits, including diminishment in Student’s short-term memory, concentration and mental stamina.
Student met the criteria for mild traumatic brain injury, even without a definite loss of consciousness, due to her period of post-traumatic amnesia followed by confusion and cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms that persisted more than a year after the incident. While Student may benefit from learning compensation strategies, she will not recover her pre-accident status.
$1.2 million settlement