A DeKalb County family received a $15.35 million settlement in a birth injury malpractice. This is the largest settlement ever recorded in DeKalb County and one of the largest birth injury settlements in Illinois history. The lawsuit alleged the Defendant physician negligently used a vacuum extractor during labor and delivery. Over the course of nearly one hour, the physician used the vacuum extractor 18 times without success. Another doctor was called in to perform an emergency C-section after the infant’s fetal heart tones showed distress. The child suffered severe brain injuries as a result of the physician’s negligence.
Plaintiffs further alleged that the Defendant hospital failed to exercise reasonable care in evaluating the physician’s competency to perform vacuum deliveries at their hospital. The physician had previously settled in another birth injury malpractice, which resulted in the death of a newborn. To read the full story, click here.