(January 26, 2015) Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Kathleen Naughton-Sparks of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $6 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a downstate Illinois family whose baby suffered brain damage near the time of birth.
On the morning of January 16, 2010, the plaintiff’s mother arrived at the hospital in labor. Soon after, the fetal monitor showed signs that the baby was in distress. Unfortunately, the doctor and nurses failed to appropriately respond to a non-reassuring fetal monitor strips and waited too long to perform a C-section. A fetal maternal hemorrhage caused the baby to lose blood into her mother’s circulation which led to the baby having diminished red blood cells and hypoxia. The doctor failed to consider the baby would be anemic at the time of delivery and did not recognize a sinusoidal fetal heart rate pattern, which delayed the transfusion of blood to correct the baby’s anemia. The hypoxia ultimately led to irreversible brain damage. The child is permanently disabled and will need around-the-clock nursing care and ongoing therapy for the rest of her life.
“The settlement will help provide this little girl with the care she needs and will help her family with the daily work necessary to keep her healthy,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Managing Equity Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.