Rabu, 22 Februari 2012

Malpractice case involving

Malpractice case

Malpractice case


What Happened: The case involved the traumatic birth of a baby boy on September 27, 2001. His Mom was 2 days late and went in for a scheduled induction of labor on September 27, 2001. Pitocin induction began at 7:00am and the baby was ultimately delivered by low forceps at 7:01pm. The course of labor began with an absolutely perfect fetal heart tracing, but as the day wore on he began to show signs of distress. He suffered from hypoxia (lack of oxygen) because his umbilical cord was being repeatedly compressed and the mother's uterine contractions were happening too frequently (hyperstimulation). This became evident due to the pattern of fetal heart decelerations that began to emerge on the fetal heart tracing. We alleged that measures should have been taken to improve the baby's oxygenation, or test the level of acid in his blood to verify the hypoxia, and/or intervene with a Cesarean delivery. Mom reached the second stage of labor (the pushing stage) at 1:45pm. She pushed for 30 minutes but could not feel to push effectively due to the level of anesthesia. Her epidural anesthetic was turned down at 2:15pm and she resumed pushing at 3:00pm. She was directed to push for another 4 hours until she was exhausted. The attending physician, Cynthia M. Phelan, M.D., who was an employee of Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C., was in and out of the labor and delivery room all day attending to other affairs -- seeing other patients at her office, going to the clinic and ultimately left the hospital again at 5:00pm to see patients at her office when her presence was needed. Mom was left in the care of the labor and delivery nurse, Anja Koolhof, RN, an employee of both Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. and an "Unnamed Medical Institution" (the name of the medical institution is subject to a confidentiality agreement). Dr. Phelan returned to the hospital at about 6:40pm and performed the low forceps delivery. What Happened: The case involved the traumatic birth of a baby boy on September 27, 2001. His Mom was 2 days late and went in for a scheduled induction of labor on September 27, 2001. Pitocin induction began at 7:00am and the baby was ultimately delivered by low forceps at 7:01pm. The course of labor began with an absolutely perfect fetal heart tracing, but as the day wore on he began to show signs of distress. He suffered from hypoxia (lack of oxygen) because his umbilical cord was being repeatedly compressed and the mother's uterine contractions were happening too frequently (hyperstimulation). This became evident due to the pattern of fetal heart decelerations that began to emerge on the fetal heart tracing. We alleged that measures should have been taken to improve the baby's oxygenation, or test the level of acid in his blood to verify the hypoxia, and/or intervene with a Cesarean delivery. Mom reached the second stage of labor (the pushing stage) at 1:45pm. She pushed for 30 minutes but could not feel to push effectively due to the level of anesthesia. Her epidural anesthetic was turned down at 2:15pm and she resumed pushing at 3:00pm. She was directed to push for another 4 hours until she was exhausted. The attending physician, Cynthia M. Phelan, M.D., who was an employee of Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C., was in and out of the labor and delivery room all day attending to other affairs -- seeing other patients at her office, going to the clinic and ultimately left the hospital again at 5:00pm to see patients at her office when her presence was needed. Mom was left in the care of the labor and delivery nurse, Anja Koolhof, RN, an employee of both Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. and an "Unnamed Medical Institution" (the name of the medical institution is subject to a confidentiality agreement). Dr. Phelan returned to the hospital at about 6:40pm and performed the low forceps delivery. The Defense They Mounted: The defense claimed that the brain damage was caused by some pre-admission condition that set the baby up for this result, i.e. he was not physiologically capable of withstanding the normal traumas associated with the typical labor and delivery. The defense also claimed that the baby must have had a viral infection during the prenatal period and that the Fetal Heart Tracing was not indicative of distress. Further, the defense claimed that the amount of damages sought were excessive and hired their own life care planner and economist. The defense also hired a pediatric physiatrist and argued a reduced life expectancy. The defense further attempted to admit Annuity evidence to reduce the present cash value of the economic damages.

The Settlement: After four years of litigation settlement negotiations culminated and they paid $18,000,000.00. The proceeds of this settlement were deposited into a special trust account for the benefit of the child. The family will now be able to build a fully handicap accessible home, purchase a custom van for transportation, receive round the clock nursing aid and purchase any necessary equipment for the benefit of the child.

3 komentar:

  • MAN JOMBANG says:
    28 Januari 2013 23.31

    berfikir itu gampang, bertindak itu sulit dan melaksanakan satu fikiran dalam tindakan adalah hal yang paling sulit di dunia

  • anti pimmali says:
    30 Januari 2013 21.33

    terus bagi mn pak mario klau ketika kita mencintai seseorang tp dia tak pernah mengerti tantang perasaan yang kita ucapkan padal kita telah mengungkapkan semua...............

  • barkat asik says:
    6 Maret 2013 08.46

    barkat alliffian says:
    berfikir itu sulit,.,.,.
    dan bertindak itu gampang.,.,.,.,
    kenapa,,, orang yang sudah bisa berfikir,,,.,
    pasti dia sudah mudah melakukan tindakannya,.,.,.
    karena, saat kita berfikir,.,.,
    kita itu pastinya sdh tau apa yg akan dilakukannya dan penyebabnya yang akan timbul.,.,.
    itu seperti apa,.,. :)

    dan setelah tercpai yang tlah dlakukan,.,.,
    yang paling sulit adalah.......

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