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Cook County Jury Awards $14M to Teen Injured During his Birth

September 27, 2012  ·  By HM&M



A Cook County jury awarded $14,000,000 to a child born after 19 hours of labor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Evidence in the three-week medical malpractice and birth injury trial showed that the obstetrician delayed delivery and ultimate C-section despite signs that the baby’s fetal heart rate was in distress. The hospital also violated its written policy on use of Pictocin after the mother developed excessive contractions, or tachystole. As a result, the baby experienced a partial prolonged hypoxia– lack of oxygen in his brain– and brain damage before his birth.

Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna represented the Hill family.

“It’s really a bittersweet result because while the family is happy that the jury has rendered a just result, they still have a brain-damaged child,” Hurley said.

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HM&M Wins $14 Million Verdict for Boy who Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth

On Monday, the law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz won a $14 million jury verdict against Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Dr. Elias Sabbagha for the family of a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth. Over the course of a 3 ½ week trial, Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKenna demonstrated to... Read More

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Bicyclist Killed in Tragic Accident

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a semi truck today on the Near North Side of Chicago. According to police, the bicyclist was traveling in the southbound lane when he swerved suddenly to avoid an open car door and fell underneath the front wheels of the truck's trailer. This tragic accident highlights the importance... Read More

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