Birth Injuries

Lopez McHugh Reaches $5.5 Million Settlement For Birth Injury Client

January 15, 2018 by Carrie Capouellez
Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers

One of Lopez McHugh’s experienced birth injury attorneys, Amorina Lopez, worked as co-counsel with Daniel Hodes of Hodes Milman Liebeck to reach a $5.5 million settlement for a birth injury client.

Our client was admitted to a hospital five days post-due date on August 5, 2014. Over the course of that afternoon and evening, our client’s fetal monitoring strips showed increasingly non-reassuring findings. Our client alleged the hospital nurses failed to adequately appreciate the concerning nature of the findings. While the nurses communicated the findings over the phone to her Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/Gyn), the doctor did not arrive at the hospital until later.

It was not until 1:41 on August 6, 2014 that our client’s OB/Gyn arrived at her bedside. Our client’s child was delivered just 12 minutes later. The newborn infant was described as “limp with no respiratory effort.”  She was noted to be “dusky, floppy, and unresponsive.”

The newborn’s APGAR scores were recorded as 2 (at 1 minute), 4 (at 2 minutes), 4 (at 5 minutes), and 4 (at 10 minutes), and 4 (at 15 minutes). A healthy baby’s APGAR score ranges between 7 and 10. The newborn baby’s pH level was 7.06 when assessed two-and-a-half hours after birth. A healthy pH level for a newborn is around 7.4. A low pH level in newborns can mean the infant is suffering from respiratory problems and isn’t receiving the right amount of oxygen.

Because of the newborn’s condition, the infant was taken by ambulance to another hospital before being airlifted to a children’s hospital in Los Angeles. A brain MRI was performed at this time and showed a diffuse hypoperfusion injury. This injury compromised the infant neurologically, and the child will require around the clock care for the rest of the child’s life.

Our client contended sufficient information was provided to the OB/Gyn to warrant his immediate attention to undertake delivery. Our client also believes the nurses failed recognize the significance of the worrisome findings on the fetal monitoring strips over a several-hour period of time.

Lopez McHugh LLP was successful in obtaining a $5.5 million settlement for our client. While no amount of money can reverse the damage suffered by the infant, the settlement will help our client pay for the necessary lifetime medical care the child will need.

Experienced Birth Injury Lawyers

Lopez McHugh LLP understands how challenging it can be to discover your child suffered a birth injury. We work closely with our clients to help them understand their legal options while collecting medical history and other evidence to determine exactly what went wrong. If you believe your child suffered a birth injury in a Philadelphia hospital, don’t wait to call us and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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