NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jul 5, 2013) - The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald have been representing families whose children have suffered birth injuries because of the negligence of medical professionals since 1971. The firm handles cases that involve birth injuries, substandard prenatal care and medical negligence that leads to diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and autism. The firm hereby announces that it has successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $1,750,000.00 on behalf of an infant client who was allegedly injured because of the negligent care provided for him before, during and immediately after his birth.
Specifically, the lawsuit at issue was filed with the Bronx County Supreme Court and it was assigned a case number of 91079A. The named plaintiffs in the lawsuit were the infant who was allegedly injured by the defendants' substandard care and the infant's mother. The named defendants were the medical facility where care was provided and the midwives who managed the child's prenatal care and his birth. The lawsuit sought damages for permanent injuries suffered.
According to the court documents, the plaintiff's mother was going through her first pregnancy. Prenatal care was provided by the defendant midwives and it was provided at the defendant medical facility. The documents allege that there was evidence of intrauterine growth retardation during the pregnancy based on the results of sonograms but that no special steps or actions were taken as a result of this discovery.
The court documents went on to argue that this lack of action put the infant plaintiff at risk for hypoglycemia and polycythemia, and that, therefore, the delivery should have been handled by an obstetrician with a pediatrician present. However, the infant plaintiff was delivered by a midwife at the defendant facility. Immediately after the birth, the child was noted to be cyanotic and jittery, yet the infant was given to the mother to bond with for what court documents described as an unreasonably long period of time.
The court documents went on to state that no dextrose stick or hematrocrit was done for almost three hours after the birth despite the risk for hypoglycemia and polycythemia. The infant plaintiff was found to be both severely hypoglycemic and polycythemic. Glucose was not given until more than three hours after the birth and a partial exchange transfusion was not done until almost four hours after the birth. Therefore, the court documents alleged, the child ultimately contracted cerebral palsy in the form of spastic quadriplegia. The child also suffers from cortical blindness and mental retardation.
Rather than litigate the matter, the New York medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald were able to come together with the defense and successfully negotiate a settlement in the amount of $1,750,000.00. As a result of this agreement, the attorneys at the firm dismissed the case and the matter is now considered closed.
About Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald is a law firm comprised of New York medical malpractice lawyers who have been representing clients harmed by the negligence of medical professionals overseeing births since the firm's inception in 1971. The attorneys at the firm handle New York birth injury cases, New York medical malpractice cases, New York cerebral palsy cases, New York personal injury cases, auto accident cases and other types of litigation matters that involve injuries inflicted upon individuals who need legal help.