In 2011, Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger won the largest obstetrical malpractice verdict in United States history. A Detroit metropolitan county jury found that the obstetrician, residents, and labor and delivery nurses committed multiple acts of negligence in providing both prenatal and labor and delivery care. Among other things, the nurses and residents failed to properly assess the estimate fetal weight of the Baby Markell. Furthermore they mixed up two patients, which resulted in the belief that Baby Markell's mother would be having a 7-pound baby when in fact Baby Markell was almost 11 pounds. Thereafter, they administered Pitocin causing excessive hyper stimulation of the uterus, instead of delivering by C-section, and Baby Markell was forced through the birth canal. When Baby Markell was finally delivered, she was battered, bruised and broken. She had significant bruising, a broken clavicle, and significant brain hemorrhages. The records of Williams Beaumont hospital actually describe: "body and head with multiple bruising. Right side of head edematous [swollen]. Occasional tremors [seizures]." "Difficult vaginal delivery"; and ("General large baby with scalp and facial bruising and swelling.")
The Nation's Largest Malpractice Jury Verdict Reporter
Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts
Michigan Featured Verdict
C-Section should have been preformed; Verdict $144M
October 19, 2011
The Detroit News
Jury Awards $144M for Child's Brain Trauma
October 19, 2011
We have been handling complex birth injury cases since 1983.
We have earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
We have secured over a billion dollars for our clients.
We are available to represent birth injury cases in all 50 states.
& Firm Updates
- Five Chicago Hospitals Score Low for Patient Safety A recent report from the non-profit health care consumer advocacy organization Leapfrog issued D-ratings for five hospitals in Chicago in terms of patient safety. Leapfrog grades hospitals biannually based ... Read More
- During Birth: What are the Effects of a Delayed C-Section? Fact: About one in every three births are done by cesarean section. This is a procedure in which the doctor cuts through the mother’s abdomen wall in order to deliver the baby. It’s often looked down upon ... Read More
- During Birth: What Can Happen During Induced Labor? When labor is delayed for any reason, the doctor may make the decision to induce labor—a process in which your uterine contractions are stimulated to help achieve birth. There are a number of benefits ... Read More