HIE – Hospital Errors Cause Newborn Significant Brain Damage and Death of Newborn
A confidential settlement was reached
At 28 weeks pregnancy, Jessica R had severe abdominal pain. So severe, that she went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pancreatitis and admitted to the intensive care unit. Pancreatitis in known to cause premature labor. But when Jessica started to complain of contractions, the ICU staff did not take her seriously. Rather, they attributed her pain to the pancreatitis and did nothing to slow down or stop the labor. Labor progressed, and the baby was born in the ICU. However, the baby needed to be resuscitated.
Jessica was in the adult ICU. Unfortunately, the adult ICU did not have resuscitation equipment for a baby. By the time the proper equipment arrived, the baby had suffered significant brain damage. While the baby lived for two months, she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
The Eisen Law Firm was asked to assist another top-notch firm and together, we achieved a large settlement that included changes to hospital procedure to improve patient safety and ensure that this medical error would not happen again.