$1 Million Settlement for Brain-Damaged Infant
- Date: Fall 1997
- 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
Lucina Ducheine, now four years old, suffers retardation, visual defects and limited use of her arms and legs because there was a deprivation of oxygen while in utero. The pregnancy was mismanaged and a delay in her delivery caused brain damage to the child. John Blume obtained a $1 Million settlement, the maximum available from the attending physician’s insurance policy. The settlement established a special needs trust for the infant that helps provide for needs that are not provided by Medicaid and other insurance and that maintains Social Security and Medicaid.