Real-Life Stories of Tragedy and Triumph

Family walking on the beachAt Perey Law, our proudest moments come when we see a client’s patience and perseverance rewarded with justice. In cases of birth injury and resulting defects, however, this pride comes with profound sorrow.

Despite the sorrow, it is still a tremendous privilege to stand by these brave clients and help them fight for the resources to recover and move forward with their lives.

On our Verdicts page, you can read about the successful cases we have fought on behalf of our clients. Here are just a few.

Victories for Suffering Families

  1. In the midst of a fairly routine labor, the baby’s heart rate began to have recurrent decelerations indicative of intermittent cord compression. The doctor and nurse were aware of these decelerations, but did not inform the family. Even though the baby was no longer descending the birth canal, no effort was made to expedite the delivery — even when the exhausted mother requested a C-section.
    After 3-1/2 hours of persistent, worsening heart rate decelerations, the baby’s heart rate no longer returned to the normal range. The doctor returned to the delivery room and moved the mother to the operating room, but instead of performing an immediate Caesarian section, he wasted valuable time making a couple of attempts at vacuum extraction, which failed. By the time the baby was finally delivered by emergency C-section, he was blue, limp and lifeless. He was resuscitated, but had suffered profound and permanent brain damage, leaving him unable to walk, talk or enjoy life as he should have if his birth had been appropriately managed.
    The $8 million settlement obtained by Perey Law Group allowed him to live at home, purchase a handicap-equipped van and obtain necessary health care.
  2. mother and babyA 19-year-old mother gave birth to a baby who sustained severe brain damage at birth due to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy related to a botched delivery by an inexperienced first-year family practice resident physician. The first-year resident was an employee at a large urban hospital that operates a residency program for prospective family practice physicians, and was subject to continuing oversight by board-certified family-practice physicians.
    However, the first-year resident failed to inform the attending doctor about the difficult birth—including the fetal heart rate monitor’s indication that the baby was suffering from lack of oxygen. Shockingly, a full neonatal resuscitation team was not present at the time of delivery. In consequence, not only was the necessary Cesarean section not performed, but the baby was not intubated until 4 minutes of life. The attending doctor was not present for the birth.
    Because of the medical malpractice, the baby suffered catastrophic brain damage, the direct result of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy and developmental delay.
    Perey Law Group obtained $3.2 million on behalf of the mother, to help with ongoing medical care.
  3. An expectant mother’s physician throughout the pregnancy inserted an intra-uterine pressure catheter and began amnio-infusions (pushing saline into the uterus in attempts to dilute the particulate meconium which places the baby at risk for aspiration). However, the hospital nurses did not monitor the amnio-infusions nor make attempts to improve the fetal heart rate by changing maternal position, providing oxygen, or giving IV fluids. As the labor progressed, the fetal heart rate monitor showed worsening deep decelerations that persisted through the second (pushing) stage of labor and variability was lost, but the parents were never informed of the non-reassuring fetal information. The defendant doctor did not make any efforts to expedite delivery or convert to a C-section. The result was a baby boy born with birth asphyxia, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (brain injury due to lack of oxygenated blood) and spastic quadriparesis with athetoid features, cerebral palsy (weakness and incoordination of the limbs) and catastrophic brain damage.
    Perey Law Group helped this family win $2.5 million in damages against the defendant doctor and hospital.

Need Help?

If you have suffered from the negligence of a hospital or physician, contact the Perey Law Group today by calling (206) 443-7600 or by filling out the form on this page. We can help you understand your rights and are ready to fight on your behalf, to help you move forward from tragedy.

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