NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/13 -- The attorneys at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald in New York have been representing clients who were badly injured because of substandard medical care since the firm opened in 1971. Over the course of these 42 years of service, the firm has earned more than $1 billion in judgments and settlements on behalf of clients who have suffered because of medical negligence that has included surgical mistakes, failures to diagnose health problems, and anesthesia errors. The firm has also handled many birth injury cases that involved the infliction of brain damage on newborns that has led to diagnoses of cerebral palsy and autism among others. The firm has successfully completed another birth injury case, settling it for $1,475,000.00.
Specifically, the lawsuit was filed in the New York County Supreme Court against a local hospital and two of the doctors who were part of the staff of that facility. The lawsuit was assigned a case number of 87437A and it was filed because the infant plaintiff had suffered permanent and massive injuries and had allegedly suffered these injuries because of negligent conduct by the defendants. The lawsuit sought damages that would compensate the family of the infant plaintiff for the costs of care that would be required throughout the infant plaintiff's life.
According to the court documents, the lawsuit was filed because the infant plaintiff was born at the defendant hospital with multiple birth defects and medical problems. These birth defects included two club feet, a high arched pallet, low-set ears, excessive arches on her fingertips, a broad-bridged nose and micrognathia. The mother had been given a Pitocin drip to prompt labor, but that drip was discontinued and the child was delivered via C-section.
The court documents stated that the controversy arose because the defendants stopped monitoring the fetal heart rate when the Pitocin was discontinued and that this failure to continue to monitor the child for two hours before it was born led to damage that caused conditions such as severe mental retardation, motor deficits and an inability to feed herself. As a result, the two sides negotiated a settlement in the amount of $1,475,000.00 and the case is now considered closed.
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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