$5 million settlement for a child who suffered birth asphyxia due to delayed recognition of fetal distress,

September 18th, 2013 by Wapner Newman

Marc Brecher represented a young child whose mother had a rather uneventful pregnancy until she went into labor. When she arrived at the hospital the fetal heart rate monitor tracings were not reassuring. Nevertheless the obstetricians monitoring the labor permitted the mother to labor for another eight hours before the baby was delivered by an emergency cesarian section. When the baby was born he was severely asphyxiated. The baby went on to suffers seizures and massive brain damage. The child is now a spastic quadriplegic being cared for at home by his parents. Brecher’s experts argued that the baby should have been delivered within a half hour after his mother presented to the hospital and that the brain damage occurred over the course of the following 7 ½ hours before the baby was finally delivered. Brecher retained experts in the fields of obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, pediatric neurology, pediatric neuroradiology, placental pathology, and obstetrical nursing which helped secure this settlement.