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®Volume 156, No. 184                                         Tuesday, September 21, 2010                                  ...
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Mitchell Hoffman- Brain Injury- Birth Judgement

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A Cook County judge has approved a $6.25 million settlement
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

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Mitchell Hoffman- Brain Injury- Birth Judgement

  1. 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.

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