• $2 Million Settlement for Failure to Timely Diagnose Strep B Infection During Pregnancy

Sommers Schwartz attorneys Richard Groffsky and Lisa Esser secured a settlement with Cook County Health & Hospital System on behalf of a minor child and her mother. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant’s medical staff failed to timely diagnose a Strep B infection in the mother during her pregnancy, resulting in the baby contracting Strep B in utero and suffering serious birth injuries including septicemia, meningitis, retinal hemorrhage, and optic nerve damage. The complaint alleges that the health care providers who treated the pregnant mother violated the accepted standard of care by failing to submit the strep test to the pathology department within 24 to 48 hours after it was administered, which prevented the pregnant mother from being treated with antibiotics that would have protected the child from infection.

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