Family Obtains Compensation for Tragic Loss of Unborn Child

Our attorneys obtained a $1.2 million settlement for a family that lost their unborn child due to negligence on the part of the staff at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

The tragic loss occurred on September 22, 2006, when our client went to Stroger Hospital at approximately 30 weeks gestation, complaining of uterine contractions and lower abdominal discomfort. She was placed on a fetal monitor in the triage area, where two nurses cared for her.

Staff Disconnected the Fetal Monitor

The fetal monitor tracings showed decreased variability (fetal heart rate fluctuations) with variable decelerations—decreases in the fetal heart rate below the fetal baseline heart rate. The monitor showed no accelerations—increases in the fetal heart rate above the baseline heart rate. These readings should have been of great concern to the hospital staff.

A resident ordered that the fetal monitor be disconnected so that an ultrasound could be performed. The monitor was discontinued at 8:46 p.m. and was not reapplied until the patient was admitted to the obstetric unit at 10:00 p.m.—over an hour later. When the monitor was reapplied, no fetal heart tones could be detected and the diagnosis of intra-uterine fetal demise (fetal death) was made.

We were able to establish the hospital staff's negligence in failing to reapply the monitor after the ultrasound was performed. If the monitor had been reapplied, significant abnormalities of the fetal tracing would have been noted and the staff could have intervened to save the baby.

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Awarded: $1,200,000

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients' cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case.

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