Case Results

    $144,585,020

    Oakland County, Michigan


    In 2011, Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger achieved one of the highest birth injury verdicts in American history. A jury in Detroit found that the labor and delivery nurses, obstetrician, and residents committed several negligent acts during both the prenatal and labor and delivery periods. Medical staff failed to properly estimate the weight of the Baby Markell, and later erred again when they mixed up two patients, causing them to believe that Markell’s mother was having a 7 pound baby when Markell was actually nearly 11 pounds. The doctors proceeded to administer Pitocin instead of delivering the child via C-section, resulting in severe injury to the baby. Baby Markell was born with significant brain hemorrhages, a broken clavicle, and significant bruising. Williams Beaumont hospital records indicate a “difficult vaginal delivery” with “scalp and facial bruising and swelling” and “occasional tremors [seizures].”

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    $30,000,000

    Cuyahoga County, Ohio


    In Cleveland, Ohio, Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger won a record $30 million for a brain damaged 17-year-old boy. A Cuyahoga County jury found that the obstetrician, along with the now defunct hospital, were negligent in neglecting to deliver baby Walter Hollins earlier. Witnesses testified that Walter’s mother waited for two hours to receive an “emergency” Caesarian section. During that time, the flow of oxygen to Baby Walter’s brain was devastatingly reduced. This hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and ischemia (lack of blood) combined to cause Walter’s cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Walter will forever be wheelchair-bound. He requires 24-hour care and is entirely dependent upon his mother and his other care givers for even the most basic human needs.

    $26,000,000

    Washington County, Pennsylvania


    The first time Beam Legal Team teamed up with Geoffrey Fieger, they won a $26 million verdict for Ryan Taylor, an infant whose hypoglycemia went undiagnosed and untreated. In this case, the doctors and hospital in Washington County, Pennsylvania, violated their own policies and procedures, which required a newborn to be monitored and screened for low blood sugar. All this newborn baby needed was a little sugar water in the nursery. Instead, Ryan went uncared for so long that he suffered severe hypoglycemia, which resulted in seizures, cerebral palsy, and permanent brain damage. Consequently, Ryan will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life. Before the jury verdict, the defendant doctors and defendant hospital never offered a penny. This was the largest neonatal malpractice verdict ever in Western Pennsylvania.

    $20,000,000

    Wayne County, Michigan


    Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger obtained a $20 million verdict against Detroit Medical Center and Hutzel Hospital for negligently discharging a laboring mother despite the fact that she was about to give birth, thus depriving the minor-child of medical attention for her serious medical needs. Testimony at trial indicated that the hospital was quick to discharge C.B.’s mother because she was an inmate at Wayne County Jail, and they did not care for her jail uniform. Throughout the trial, the Defendant Hospital pointed the finger at the Defendant Jail for the malpractice at issue. The verdict was one of the largest in the state of Michigan in 2014.

    $17,000,000

    Monogalia County, West Virginia


    Like Markell, Ryan, and Walter, Marissa Pochron is a very special child. She too is an extraordinary survivor. The malpractice committed against sweet Marissa occurred both before and after birth. The obstetrician should have delivered Marissa via Caesarian section and sooner. When Marissa was born severely depressed, hypoxic, and hypoglycemic, the hospital staff and nurses should have—but did not—properly resuscitate and treat her. The nursing staff even ignored orders from the neonatologist, leading to further harm. Marissa suffers from brain damage, cerebral palsy, and spastic quadriplegia. The jury found the hospital and the obstetrician liable for $17 million. This was the largest verdict in an obstetrical/neonatal malpractice case in the history of West Virginia.

    $15,000,000

    Cook County, Illinois


    In this Cook County, Illinois case, the Defendant hospital failed to recognize the warning signs of fetal distress during a two day induction of a young mother. Due to the hospital’s overuse of Pitocin during the labor and delivery and their failure to perform a cesarean section, excessive contractions stopped oxygen delivery and blood flow to the baby’s brain. The hospital’s negligence caused severe brain damage to the child, who cannot walk, talk or care for herself. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $15 million dollars.

    $13,000,000

    Tennessee


    $13 million was received in settlement of a case in which the residents’ and nurses’ lack of skill and care interpreting the fetal heart rate monitor, caused delay in delivery, and, thereafter, permanent damage to the unborn baby. This case was settled for $13 million.

    $12,000,000

    Michigan


    When a hospital misjudged the size of an unborn baby and neglected to perform a caesarian section, the baby was born profoundly injured. She will never walk, talk, or feed herself. This case was settled for $12 million.

    $11,000,000

    West Virginia


    For a significant period of time, doctors and nurses confused the mother’s heartrate for the baby’s, and, therefore, failed to recognize significant fetal distress, leading to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and the need for lifetime attendant care. This case was settled for $11 million.

    $11,000,000

    Illinois


    A case in which negligent management of labor and delivery, resulting in brain damage of the baby, was settled for $11 million.

    $10,000,000

    Ohio


    When the hospital and its physicians failed to fully recognize placental insufficiency, they also failed to deliver a baby prior to brain injury. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $10 million.

    $9,500,000

    Washington


    When a depressed newborn was delivered and needed resuscitation, the hospital failed to properly intubate, resulting in a lack of oxygen, seizures, and brain damage. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $9.5 million.

    $9,350,000

    Minnesota


    This Minnesota case, in which doctors’ and residents’ failure to deliver an infant despite protracted labor, tachysystole, and hours of non-reassuring fetal heart rate tones, resulting in cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage, settled for $9.35 million.

    $8,000,000

    Ohio


    The medical personnel at defendant hospital allowed mom and baby to struggle through labor for approximately 48 hours, which should have never happened. Due to non-reassuring fetal heart tracings and the overuse of Pitocin and Cytotec, which are both contraction-inducing drugs, the doctors should have called a C-section several hours earlier. Although the baby was not progressing sufficiently down the birth canal, the medical personnel continued to misuse these dangerous drugs. Due to the lack of blood flow during labor, baby was deprived of oxygen and therefore suffered permanent brain damage.

    $8,000,000

    Michigan


    Baby was delivered on December 22, 2013, after hours of recurrent late decelerations, negligent use of Pitocin, and fetal tachycardia.

    At time of delivery, baby was limp, cyanotic, and with no respiratory effort., The blood gases were recorded in the medical records before the baby was born, causing doubt of their authenticity. A neurological exam, performed at one hour of life by a resident, incorrectly ruled out that use of therapeutic hypothermia, a brain cell saving treatment which this child desperately needed.

    The child went on to have documented seizures at seven hours of life, but by then the neonatal team deemed it too late to receive therapeutic hypothermia. A few of the main issues in this case were: 1) negligent use of Pitocin 2) chain of custody of blood sample, and 3) criteria for therapeutic hypothermia.

    The child has the following diagnoses: cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, seizures, global developmental delays, excessive drooling, microcephaly, left-sided weakness, and cannot speak.

    Geoffrey Fieger, counsel for plaintiff, provided case information.

    $8,000,000

    Michigan


    Beam Legal Team procured a settlement against Wayne County Jail for failing to implement, adopt, and/or tolerate customs, practices, polices, and/or procedures which deprived laboring mother and inmate of medical attention for her serious medical needs. This case was settled for $8 million.

    $7,900,000

    Michigan


    Practitioners failed to perform an earlier delivery even though the baby and mother were suffering from a complete placenta previa—a complication in which the placenta is attached too low in the uterus, putting mother and baby at risk for hemorrhage. Failure to deliver earlier resulted in permanent and irreversible cerebral palsy and brain damage. Beam Legal Team procured a settlement of $7.9 million.

    $7,750,000

    Pennsylvania


    Mom was presented as a high-risk patient with diabetes and other risk factors. Mom had elevated blood pressures, tachysystole, and excessive uterine activity throughout her labor. The doctors administered both Cytotec and Pitocin, which are contraction-inducing drugs, when the drugs should have been reduced and discontinued altogether in the presence of the non-reassuring signs and symptoms that were present due to baby’s failure to progress.

    $7,500,000

    Michigan


    In light of hospital negligence, inadequate nurse and physician staffing, and failure to interpret the fetal heart rate monitor and delivery the baby sooner, resulting in cerebral palsy and severe brain damage, the case was settled for $7.5 million.

    $7,000,000

    Michigan


    Negligence by the physicians and nurses during the prenatal and post-delivery periods resulted in cerebral palsy and brain damage. This case was settled for $7 million.

    $7,000,000

    Tennessee


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby sooner resulted in a lack of oxygen to the baby, who suffered and continues to suffer from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This case was settled for $7 million.

    $6,950,000

    Michigan


    Pitocin was administered to induce pregnancy. Mom suffered a severe blood pressure increase during labor. Pitocin was used despite tachysystole and decelerations. Vacuum assisted delivery was performed, and baby was born severely depressed. Pitocin should have been discontinued and doctors should have delivered baby hours earlier due to arrest of labor and the presence of repetitive late decelerations which are indicative of uteroplacental insufficiency (too little oxygen and blood flow to the baby). Despite suffering from hypoxic ischemia and seizures, baby did not receive therapeutic head cooling resulting in permanent brain damage.

    $6,880,000

    Michigan


    Baby was delivered on March 31, 2014, via emergency cesarean due to recurrent late decelerations and minimal variability

    Experts concluded that multiple staff members failed to identify the obvious signs of fetal distress and that the child should have been delivered sooner to avoid intrapartum hypoxia. At the time of delivery, the baby was limp with no spontaneous respiratory effort and presence of meconium.

    Despite receiving therapeutic hypothermia, the child has the following diagnoses: spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, microcephaly, seizures, significant global developmental delays, and he cannot speak, walk, or sit up on his own.

    Geoffrey Fieger, counsel for plaintiff, provided case information.

    $6,875,000

    Wayne County, Michigan


    $6.875 million settlement in Wayne County, Michigan for a child who suffered brain damage after medical staff failed to perform an emergency C-section hours earlier when they should have detected fetal distress. As a result of the lack of oxygen to the brain, the baby has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, seizures, microcephaly and global developmental delays which will require around the clock care for the rest of the baby’s life.

    $6,500,000

    Missouri


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby soon enough resulted in a lack of oxygen and cerebral palsy. On this case, Beam and Raymond obtained a settlement of $6.5 million.

    $5,850,000

    Michigan


    When an improperly placed epidural caused Mother’s heart to stop, baby was deprived of oxygen and was brain damaged. This case settled for $5.85 million.

    $5,700,000

    Michigan


    Failure of a hospital to deliver a baby earlier caused a lack of oxygen. The baby now suffers from cerebral palsy. This case was settled for $5.7 million.

    $5,500,000

    Kentucky


    Mother was experiencing gestational hypertension. Medical staff failed to advocate for an earlier delivery based on baby’s extended periods of non-reassuring fetal heart rates. There were prolonged, arrested labor signs of fetal distress on the electronic fetal heart monitor, and the physicians used forceps to force delivery of the baby. Consequently, baby suffered permanent brain damage.

    $5,500,000

    Michigan


    Doctors failed to monitor mother days prior to delivery and determine that her membranes were in fact leaking. Rather than keeping mother at the hospital for further management, she was discharged home and doctors did not rule out the onset of labor. There was a wide window of opportunity to prevent baby’s brain damage days before delivery. Baby suffered severe bradycardia. A first year resident mismanaged mother’s care. A C-Section should have been performed hours earlier. The attending obstetrician did not arrive until after baby’s birth. Baby suffered catastrophic injuries that have resulted in his diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delays, expressive language disorder and cortical blindness.

    $5,400,000

    Missouri


    After doctors failed to deliver the baby sooner, after meconium aspiration, this baby was born via “emergency” C-section and now suffers from cerebral palsy. This case settled for $5.4 million.

    $5,250,000

    Ohio


    When doctors prematurely ruptured a mother’s amniotic membrane, and incorrectly administered Pitocin, a baby was born bruised and brain-damaged. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $5.25 million.

    $4,980,000

    Michigan


    Baby was delivered on June 6, 2014, after hours of decelerations and diminished variability. Experts concluded that the child should have qualified for earlier cesarean section after overwhelming signs of fetal distress and intrapartum hypoxia.

    Baby was born vaginally without breathing effort, cyanotic, hypotonic and presence of meconium. Despite receiving therapeutic hypothermia, the child has the following diagnoses: spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, visual impairment, fed via g-tube, treatment-resistant seizures, torticollis, significant global developmental delays, and cannot speak or sit up on her own.

    Geoffrey Fieger, counsel for plaintiff, provided case information.

    $4,850,000

    Michigan


    Mom was presented as a high-risk patient due to preeclampsia, obesity, and excessively frequent and strong contractions. The medical staff failed to monitor mom and baby. The doctors administered Pitocin to induce delivery despite baby being tachycardic. Baby did not progress down the birth canal and suffered severe shoulder dystocia. Baby Baby was born severely depressed via a C-Section, which should have been performed earlier. Baby was sent to the NICU for hypothermic treatment and placed on a ventilator. Baby was noted to suffer seizures and was later diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encapholpathy.

    $4,750,000

    Michigan


    When misapplication of a vacuum device to a baby’s head significantly contributed to skull fracture and brain trauma at birth, the baby was born severely brain damaged. This case was settled for $4.75 million.

    $4,500,000

    Kentucky


    The medical staff failed to recognize signs that baby was not tolerating labor and should have called a C-section 4.5 hours before it was finally performed. The medical staff was negligent by continuing to increase the dose of Pitocin in the face of several late decelerations and other non-reassuring signs of fetal intolerance of labor. The medical staff continued to increase the dose of Pitocin despite strong contractions, directly disobeying the hospital’s own policies and procedures as well as the warning signs printed on the drug’s package insert.

    $4,500,000

    Michigan


    A young girl’s cerebral palsy was caused when her mother was administered excessive Pitocin to induce her labor and delivery. This case settled for $4.5 million.

    $4,300,000

    Michigan


    Jane Doe was born via emergency C-section after multiple intrapartum complications: fetal heart rate abnormalities, arrest of descent, attempted use of forceps, and failed vacuum extraction, including two pop-offs. Jane Doe was born with not only molding, caput, and severe scalp bruising, but with such extensive internal edema and swelling that it caused gross malposition of the pliable bones of the skull.

    There was also a suspected fracture. A 3-dimensional graphic representation created by a plaintiff's pediatric neuroradiology expert showed extreme deformation of the baby's head following the combined trauma of forceps, vacuum, and hours of arrest of descent on a skill that was simply too big to fit through the maternal pelvis. The obvious trauma was conflated with hypoxic ischemia as evidenced by the cord blood pH of 7.08 and base excess of -13.4--indisputable evidence of metabolic acidosis.

    Both the hypoxic ischemia and the trauma could have, and should have, been avoided by an earlier cesarean section, according to plaintiff's counsel. Defendant doctor admitted that he was concerned about the baby’s heart based on the progressively deteriorating electronic fetal heart monitor (EFHM) and baby Jane Doe’s lack of descent through the birth canal over an hour and 18 minutes before delivery.

    Plaintiff’s experts testified that: 1) an arrest of descent was evident hours before 12:55; 2) the EFHM was non-reassuring hours before 12:55; and 3) a cesarean section delivery should have been performed no later than 12:30. But Jane Doe’s arrest of descent combined with the loss of oxygen resulting from the repeated variable decelerations were still not enough for defendants to call an emergency C-section, according to plaintiff’s counsel.

    Instead of taking responsibility for his failure to call an emergency C-section, defendant attempted to blame a first-time mother who had no medical training, according to plaintiff’s counsel. Supposedly abiding by Jane Doe’s mother’s “emphatic” wishes to deliver her baby vaginally, defendant opted to use both forceps and a vacuum, hoping this would force the baby out.

    The baby was still seizing in the NICU when defendants started altering the medical records, according to plaintiff’s counsel. Defense counsel fought hard to deny plaintiff discovery of the audit trial, going so far as to file a motion for reconsideration of the judge’s order. Once those records were obtained, it was readily apparent why defense counsel fought hard to conceal what his client altered, as evident in this audit trial, according to plaintiff’s counsel.

    Plaintiff’s counsel is casting absolutely no aspersion on defense counsel, who understandably did not want plaintiff to discover this material and alteration/spoliation.

    On Aug. 2, 2011, at 22:40, the following sentence was deleted under a specific doctor’s name from her progress note in the neonatal records: “Initial ABG showed ph 7.08/pco267/HCO2 19/base deficit of 13,” according to plaintiffs counsel. This sentence had been in the record from 2:40 until 22:38. Whoever deleted this evidence forgot to delete the one other place in which the blood gas is reported. There should always be two cord blood gasses: a venous and an arterial. The venous gas is always higher than the arterial gas. In this case, there is just a notation that purports to be arterial, but without two blood gases, it cannot be known. Nevertheless, even the values that are in the record (pH 7.08) indicate metabolic acidosis, and therefore, point to a hypoxic-ischemic baby at birth.

    The defense in this case agreed that the extensive and traumatic labor and delivery course, more likely than not, caused Jane Doe’s damages, which include cerebral palsy, developmental delay, seizures, left-sided weakness, esotropia of the left eye, and abnormal 48-hour EEG as recently as February 2017, according to plaintiff’s counsel.

    Geoffrey Fieger, counsel for plaintiff, provided case information.

    $4,000,000

    Missouri


    The medical staff failed to adequately monitor baby. Despite recurrent tachysystole, or contractions occurring too frequently, the doctors and nurses continued to give mom Pitocin, a drug that increases the strength and frequency of contractions. The medical staff failed to follow their own policies and procedures regarding the administration of Pitocin by failing to discontinue the drug in the face of tachysystole when the EFHM strip was readable and also when the strip was unreadable for extended periods of time throughout the labor and delivery.

    $3,750,000

    Michigan


    A newborn stopped breathing at eight hours of life, and it took several minutes for nurses to recognize the problem. When they finally did, she was blue. She now suffers from cerebral palsy. The case was settled for $3.75 million.

    $3,000,000

    Arizona


    An improper amniotomy and delayed Caesarian section caused a baby’s cerebral palsy and brain damage. Beam and Raymond settled this case for $3 million.

    $3,000,000

    Colorado


    Failure to recognize decelerations of the baby’s heart on the fetal heart rate monitor and deliver sooner resulted in cerebral palsy and brain damage. This case was also settled for $3 million.

    $3,000,000

    Pennsylvania


    Baby’s mother had a placenta previa, recognizable on ultrasound, but it was not diagnosed by her obstetrician, leading to injuries at birth with seizures. MRI imaging confirmed anoxic brain injury. This case was settled for $3 million.

    $2,900,000

    Tennessee


    When nurses elected to discharge a mother whose baby was in fetal distress, rather than effectively notify the attending physician or treat the condition, the baby was born with hypoxia-ischemia and seizures. She now suffers from cerebral palsy. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $2.9 million.

    $2,500,000

    Kentucky


    In this case, there was failure to diagnose a placental abruption and therefore delivery by emergency C-section. This case settled for $2.5 million.

    $1,500,000

    Montana


    A mother, who also happened to be a registered nurse, gave birth to a full-term infant, following fetal distress and need for resuscitation, which failures of care led to cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage. It was medical negligence not to deliver the baby earlier, by C-section. This case settled for $1.5 million.

    $1,500,000

    Wyoming


    Beam Legal Team brought suit for a baby who was a military-dependent, under the Federal Tort Claims Act, for injuries sustained at birth in a military hospital. This case was settled for $1.5 million.

    $1,300,000

    Oklahoma


    Nurses’ and residents’ lack of skill and care in interpreting the fetal heart rate monitoring, caused a delay in delivery and brain damage to the newborn baby. Beam Legal Team settled this case for $1.3 million.

    $1,000,000

    Military Claims Act


    Beam Legal Team filed suit under the U.S. Military Claims act on behalf of a military dependent born in a military hospital in Germany. The case involved delayed emergency C-section for fetal distress, resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy. This case was settled for $1 million.

    $850,000

    Texas


    The hospital failed to deliver a baby earlier, resulting in birth injuries leading to death. This case was settled for $850,000.

    $800,000

    Non-OB/NEO Malpractice Case - Arkansas


    When an Arkansas hospital failed to properly treat a compound fracture resulting in infection and requiring the amputation of an arm, Beam and Raymond settled the case for $800,000.

    $750,000

    Non-OB/NEO Malpractice Case - Wisconsin


    In Wisconsin, a paraplegic suffered further complications from a defective surgical product, resulting in quadriparesis. This case settled for $750,000.

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