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Volume 156, No. 184                                         Tuesday, September 21, 2010




                                                      In the News
                                       In Circuit Court
                                          A Cook County judge has approved a $6.25 million set-
                                       tlement on behalf of a 4-year-old boy whose mother sued Cook
                                       County, alleging that her son suffered brain damage at birth
                                       because doctors at John H. Stroger Hospital failed to deliver him
                                       in time, according to the mother’s attorney.
                                          The settlement is to be paid by the county, on behalf of
                                       doctors at the hospital, said Kenneth A. Hoffman of Mitchell,
                                       Hoffman & Wolf LLC, who represented the plaintiff.
                                          Around noon Sept. 15, 2006, Maria Rodriguez was admitted
                                       to the hospital for the induction of the labor and delivery of her
                                       child, Angel Gutierrez, her attorney said. The lawsuit alleged
                                       that the county, by and through its agents and employees, failed
                                       to meet the accepted standard of medical practice by failing to
                                       timely deliver the child following the recognition of severe and
                                       prolonged fetal heart rate decelerations. According to the
                                       lawsuit, doctors treated the fetal heart rate decelerations by
                                       changing the mother’s position, amnioinfusion and use of
                                       oxygen.
                                          The plaintiff contended that as a result of the delay in
                                       delivery, the child suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.
                                       Hoffman said the boy has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is
                                       cortically blind, ventilator dependant and is tube fed.
                                          The county was represented by assistant Cook County
                                       state’s attorney Thomas A. Rieck. He declined to comment.
                                          Cook County Circuit Judge Drella C. Savage approved the
                                       settlement Sept. 16. The case is now set to go to the Probate
                                       Division because the matter involves a disabled minor.
                                          Maria Rodriguez, as mother and next friend of Angel Gutierrez,
                                       a minor v. County of Cook, No. 07 L 13386.




           Copyright © 2010 Law Bulletin Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

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Mitchell Hoffman- Brain Injury- Birth Judgement

  • 1. ® Volume 156, No. 184 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 In the News In Circuit Court A Cook County judge has approved a $6.25 million set- tlement on behalf of a 4-year-old boy whose mother sued Cook County, alleging that her son suffered brain damage at birth because doctors at John H. Stroger Hospital failed to deliver him in time, according to the mother’s attorney. The settlement is to be paid by the county, on behalf of doctors at the hospital, said Kenneth A. Hoffman of Mitchell, Hoffman & Wolf LLC, who represented the plaintiff. Around noon Sept. 15, 2006, Maria Rodriguez was admitted to the hospital for the induction of the labor and delivery of her child, Angel Gutierrez, her attorney said. The lawsuit alleged that the county, by and through its agents and employees, failed to meet the accepted standard of medical practice by failing to timely deliver the child following the recognition of severe and prolonged fetal heart rate decelerations. According to the lawsuit, doctors treated the fetal heart rate decelerations by changing the mother’s position, amnioinfusion and use of oxygen. The plaintiff contended that as a result of the delay in delivery, the child suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Hoffman said the boy has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is cortically blind, ventilator dependant and is tube fed. The county was represented by assistant Cook County state’s attorney Thomas A. Rieck. He declined to comment. Cook County Circuit Judge Drella C. Savage approved the settlement Sept. 16. The case is now set to go to the Probate Division because the matter involves a disabled minor. Maria Rodriguez, as mother and next friend of Angel Gutierrez, a minor v. County of Cook, No. 07 L 13386. Copyright © 2010 Law Bulletin Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Publishing Company.