NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 06, 2013) - The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald have been representing clients who were harmed because of substandard and negligent medical care since 1971. The firm handles lawsuits that involve birth injuries, prenatal and birth injuries that lead to diagnoses of cerebral palsy and autism as well as other medical malpractice claims. The firm hereby announces that it has successfully negotiated a settlement with regards to a birth injury lawsuit in the amount of $1,500,000.00.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an infant plaintiff who was allegedly injured permanently as a result of the negligence of the defendant hospital. The lawsuit was filed in the Nassau County Supreme Court and it was assigned a case number of A03093. The case was filed in response to permanent injuries that the plaintiff infant suffered that were allegedly the result of negligence on the part of the defendant hospital, and these injuries included severe spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.
According to the court documents, the infant plaintiff's mother had a difficult pregnancy history that included a prior prenatal death. The mother reported to the hospital at 37 weeks of gestation complaining of decreased fetal movement. The court documents allege that the mother was not placed on any monitoring equipment for more than an hour, and that when she was placed on monitoring equipment the process was interrupted by a 30-minute sonogram.
The court documents went on to allege that the FHM report was not reviewed by doctors until more than 40 minutes after it was completed. At that point, the doctors decided to perform a C-section birth, but the documents also alleged that due to preparation delays, that C-section was not performed until more than one hour later.
The court documents went on to state that the infant was intubated immediately after birth due to low respiratory effort and that he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. Three weeks later, the infant plaintiff was transferred to a different hospital for more long-term care. The documents argued that due to these delays, the injuries were suggestive of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), which could have been diagnosed and properly treated during the prenatal-care period.
Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald successfully argued that the defendant hospital, its agent and employees, departed from generally good and accepted medical practice by failing to: (1) properly interpret the mother's sonogram results during her prenatal visits; (2) perform additional sonograms; (3) to diagnose, treat and appropriately respond to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR); (4) timely perform appropriate monitoring to ascertain the fetal condition; (5) appropriately and timely respond to fetal heart monitoring strips (FHMS); (6) timely diagnose fetal distress; and (7) timely prepare the mother for cesarean section, which resulted in catastrophic and permanent injuries to plaintiff, including spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. The lawsuit was ultimately settled in the amount of $1,500,000.00.
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.
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