After filing a lawsuit, a $1.1 million dollar settlement was achieved for the parents of an infant who died shortly following childbirth as a result of asphyxiation. The mother entered a local hospital for delivery and despite abnormal heart rhythms on the fetal heart monitor and other signs indicating a problem, the attending nurse midwife did not call the doctor for an emergent delivery. Instead, over six to seven hours, the baby was allowed to worsen until such time as a heart rate was undetectable. An emergency c-section was then performed and the umbilical cord was found to be rapped around the baby’s neck causing strangulation. The infant was born with severe brain damage and died approximately a week following childbirth.
The full amount of insurance coverage was obtained for the family.