SOURCE: Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, PC

New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers

March 21, 2013 15:23 ET

New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald Win $3.15 Million Birth Injury Verdict

The New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, URL http://www.lawfitz.com, Have Won a $3.15 Million Verdict in a Birth Injury Lawsuit

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 21, 2013) -  The New York medical malpractice lawyers at the law firm of Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald have been representing clients who have been seriously injured because of substandard medical care since 1971. The firm handles cases that involve birth injuries, medical errors that result in diagnoses of autism and cerebral palsy and many other types of legal matters. The firm hereby announces that it has won a jury verdict in the amount of $3,150,000.00 on behalf of an infant client who was injured while in the process of being cared for around the time of his birth and afterward.

The lawsuit that led to this verdict was filed in Kings County Supreme Court against a local hospital and it was given a case number of 96143A. The case concerned a child who was born at a different hospital and who suffered injuries and harm that included cerebral palsy, hypoxia, quadriplegia, seizure disorder, pulmonary edema and other problems that were allegedly the result of negligence on the part of the defendant hospital.

According to the court documents associated with the case, the mother of the infant plaintiff had been through five previous pregnancies that all had ended in miscarriages. On the 27th week of gestation for this particular pregnancy, the mother reported to the initial hospital complaining of contractions that were occurring approximately 20 minutes apart. Those contractions soon moved to 5 minutes apart and the mother was given Tocolytic to stop labor and another medication to hasten the development of the infant plaintiff's lungs.

The court documents went on to state that the infant plaintiff was delivered approximately 3 hours later via C-section, and the infant weighed one pound and 15 ounces when born. The infant plaintiff was subsequently transferred to the defendant hospital and was kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a period of two months. During that time, the infant plaintiff was kept on a ventilator before being discharged. Approximately two weeks later, the infant plaintiff turned blue while feeding and had to be resuscitated.

The court documents described the situation whereby upon being readmitted to the defendant hospital, the infant plaintiff was diagnosed with gastric esophagal reflex, bronchal pulmonary dysplasia, apnea and bradycardia. During his three month hospital stay that followed, the infant plaintiff suffered from repeated episodes of apnea, bradycardia and cyanosis. He also suffered 2XRSC bronchiolitis, right lung arelecrasis and rotovirus.

The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald successfully argued at trial that the defendant hospital departed from generally good and accepted medical practice by: (1) negligently intubating the infant; (2) failing to diagnose gastroencephagal reflux; (3) failing to warn the infant plaintiff's mother about the treatment of gastroencephagal reflux; and (4) providing negligent care and treatment of neo-natal newborn. The jury awarded the plaintiff $3,150,000.00 in damages.

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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