$400,000 Settlement for Failure to Perform Timely C-Section Delivery

Blume Donnelly partner Jeffrey J. Zenna settled a medical malpractice claim against an obstetrician employed by the United States of America, as well as nurses and a midwife at a New Jersey Hospital. During our client’s labor period the defendant doctor failed to properly interpret fetal heart monitoring strips (tracings) which indicated “fetal distress” and the need for an emergency C-section delivery. The defendant nurses and midwife also failed to appreciate the significance of the monitor tracings and other clinical signs of the fetal distress exhibited. Our client’s child was born with brain damage due to the avoidable oxygen deprivation sustained during the period of distress. The child lived 5 days on a ventilator (respirator) until she passed away.