$1 Million Settlement for Negligence at Birth
- Date: Fall 1996
- Attorney: John Blume
- Settlement: $1 Million
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Labor and Delivery, Failure to Diagnose, Fetal Distress, Failure to Perform Timely C-Section, Hypoxia, Brain Damage, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy
Eighteen years after a Jersey City teenager suffered from neglect because of medical care provided immediately after his birth, he will receive $1 million from a settlement negotiated by Blume Donnelly principal John Blume. When his pregnant Mother arrived at Jersey City Hospital in 1977, even though there was indication of apparent fetal distress, his delivery was delayed. After he was born, his whereabouts in the hospital were unaccounted for in the records for approximately two hours. He later appeared in the nursery with low body temperature and suffering respiratory distress. As he grew older, the boy developed a cognitive deficit and motor and language delays. While he can perform simple tasks, he is unable to function without his mother’s supervision in his daily living.