Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina obtained an $11.8 million settlement* on behalf of a family whose baby suffered severe brain damage at birth following a placental abruption. Reportedly, the recovery may be the largest ever pretrial medical malpractice recovery in the region. The defendant hospital has insisted on confidentiality as a term of the settlement.
The case arose when the baby’s mother was admitted for pre-term rupture of membranes during the third trimester of pregnancy. She had a bicornuate uterus, which in combination with the ruptured membranes, put her at a significantly increased risk of placental abruption. When the abruption began, the nursing staff failed to recognize the emergency for more than an hour, leading to a lengthy delay in the performance of emergency cesarean section delivery. The baby suffered from a significant injury to the basal ganglia part of his brain, and at birth was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. As a result of his birth injury, the child developed severe cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate or ambulate. He is tube fed and ventilator dependent.
Attorneys Weinstock and Vezina are very proud of the recovery secured on behalf of this central Florida family, who should now be able to provide for all of the child’s medical and related care needs for as long as he lives.
*Attorneys Weinstock and Vezina handled this case on a pro hac vice basis, which is when lawyers not licensed in a particular state associate with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtain the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.
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