Sommers Schwartz attorneys Matthew Curtis and Richard Groffsky obtained a confidential settlement for a child who suffered acute hypoxia and ischemia during labor and delivery. According to the lawsuit, the child showed signs of fetal distress including tachycardia and decelerations on external fetal heart tracings, which required the medical team to attempt to properly resuscitate the baby in utero, and if not successful to perform an emergent cesarean section. It was further alleged that the child remained in this hostile uterine environment for another three and one-half hours, during which time she experienced inadequate oxygen and blood flow to the brain. As a result of the alleged medical malpractice, the child suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy that caused cellular damage and cell death in her brain and other vital organs. She sustained severe and permanent neurological injuries, requiring ongoing rehabilitative and care services.
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