Since 1983, Beam Legal Team has won over one billion dollars in verdicts
and settlements for their clients. This is a sample of just a few of the
cases where Beam Legal Team has fought for—and won—justice
for children and their families whose lives have been irreparably damaged
by “modern” American maternal and infant medical care.*
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
Click here to learn more about this verdict.
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.
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
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.
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.
*Of industrialized nations of the world, the U.S. ranks among the highest
in maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Center for Disease Control
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