Birth Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyers
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Case Results

Our injury attorneys think long term

Results matter. That's why we work tirelessly at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices to obtain the financial compensation injury victims and their families rightfully deserve. We know that the money we secure for people can make a dramatic difference in their lives. That's why we're proud of our sizable settlements and verdicts.

We're honored to help people when they need us the most. That's because we know this funding isn't just for short-term expenses like medical bills. When your child is living with a birth injury, you need results that last a lifetime. You need a law firm you can trust on your side.

Find out how we can help you secure the financial compensation you need and deserve. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today.

Notable settlements and verdicts

$53 Million - Pitocin Injury Causing Severe Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy

A pregnant woman was admitted to a Milwaukee hospital, in labor. She had once delivered a child via C-section. Her physician recommended that she attempt a vaginal birth for the delivery, without advising her of the increased risks of uterine rupture and harm to the baby in a vaginal birth after a prior C-section (VBAC).

During labor, the doctors ordered Pitocin to speed up the contractions. The Pitocin was administered for too long and the dosage was unnecessarily increased. After several hours the electronic fetal monitor showed signs of fetal distress. The woman's uterus ruptured, resulting in severe brain damage to her baby.

The baby was diagnosed with severe quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy. He will never walk or talk and needs permanent, costly, around-the-clock care. Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg achieved a structured settlement with a lifetime value of over $53 million.

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$35 Million - Hyperbilirubinemia

When a newborn with hyperbilirubinemia went untreated and suffered brain damage, the firm obtained a structured settlement worth more than $35 million for our client.

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$33 Million - Brain Damage Birth Injury

The firm obtained a structured settlement worth nearly $33 million for a client who gave birth to a brain damaged baby due to her obstetrician's failure to monitor her labor properly.

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$30 Million - Quadriplegia Caused By Failure To Diagnose

When a 26-year-old client sustained a spinal fracture that went unnoticed by the hospital and resulted in his becoming a quadriplegic, the firm obtained a structured settlement worth more than $30 million.

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$23 Million - Birth Injury

A Milwaukee County jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in a birth injury case that exceeded $23 million against the doctor and will be payable by both the doctor and Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. There had been no offer prior to trial.

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$14 Million - Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

A young mother at 35 weeks gestation felt sharp pains at home and immediately went to the neighborhood hospital. Upon admission the doctor was aware of the sharp pains and that the mother was not having actual contractions. The physicians clearly should have considered placental abruption. When a fetal monitor was applied, it initially showed a clearly reassuring fetal heart rate pattern with average variability and a normal baseline. Over the next hour, while the doctor was evaluating potential pre-eclampsia and other similar problems, the fetal heart rate started to deteriorate. Clearly, there were multiple decelerations and developing tachycardia. Even though the fetal heart rate was not reassuring, the doctor allowed the monitor to be disconnected to allow an ultrasound. Once the ultrasound was completed and the monitor was reapplied, it became blatantly apparent that the heart rate was drastically abnormal. A caesarean section should have been considered. Instead of taking the appropriate steps, the nurses continued to merely monitor and failed to realize that the fetal monitor strips were showing minimal variability and multiple late decelerations. One nurse who was involved had to acknowledge that she did not clearly understand appropriate fetal monitor strip interpretation. She acknowledged during deposition that for several hours the fetal monitor strips were non-reassuring and yet she did nothing to correct the situation.

The child was delivered by emergency caesarean section at approximately 12 a.m. and was severely acidotic and hypoxic. Apgar scores were 0, 0, 0.

The young child currently has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy clearly attributable to lack of oxygen at birth. The treating neurologists who have been involved in his care attribute all the injury to hypoxia at birth while the defense continued to try to create alternative theories of liability. The matter settled at mediation a few weeks prior to trial for a structured settlement with a present cash value of over $14 million.

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$13 Million - Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

An expectant mother was presented at her hospital in Chicago for the delivery of her first child. Her physician was not present and the hospital's "house doctor," who had not been formally trained in obstetrics, was managing the labor with attending nurses.

By the time the personal physician arrived, the fetus had suffered a significant lack of oxygen and was delivered in a very depressed state. The baby developed cerebral palsy. On the eve of trial, the hospital and other defendants offered a global settlement with a present cash value in excess of $13 million, including some portions in cash and future payments that will support the child for life.

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$12 Million - Brain Damage Medication Error Injury

The firm obtained a settlement worth more than $12 million for a child who was administered an overdose of theophylline and suffered irreversible brain damage.

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$11.4 Million - Brain Damage And Fetal Distress

While a woman was in labor in a rural Wisconsin hospital, a certified nurse midwife and hospital nurses failed to recognize that labor was not progressing normally and that the electronic fetal monitor showed fetal distress. Their failure to request a physician to perform a C-section caused the baby to be born with severe brain damage. The firm won a verdict of over $11.4 million for the family.

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$11 Million - Products Defect Causing Auto Accident

The firm won a verdict of $11 million for a client who was severely injured when a faulty tire on the truck he was driving exploded and caused his truck to hit a wall.

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$11 Million - Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

In a small Wisconsin county, a pregnant woman was admitted to the hospital with suspected kidney stones. While in the hospital, an electronic fetal monitor was connected to observe her unborn child's status. Although the baby was perfectly healthy upon admission, eventually the monitor showed signs of fetal distress. After several hours, a new nurse came on shift and called the physician who performed an emergency C-section. The baby was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. Although the nurses on duty claimed that they notified the patient's physician, there was no record that he was told of the fetal distress. The physician denied that he was told of any problem and agreed that he would have performed a C-section if the nurses had advised him of the problems. Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a structured settlement with a value of over $11 million.

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Confidential Settlement - Hypoxic Ischemic Injury

A pregnant woman presented to a Chicagoland hospital at 33 weeks gestation noting decreased fetal movement with vaginal bleeding. The nurses applied a fetal monitor and, instead of reporting the non-reassuring pattern and requesting immediate physician consultation, indicated that the monitor strip was reassuring and that they did not need the physician's assistance.

Within a couple of hours, the nurses elected to call the physician, but by the time he arrived and could perform an emergency caesarean section, it was too late to avoid injury. The child was born in a severely depressed state as a result of a placental abruption. It was contended that earlier delivery would have prevented the injury.

Following initial resuscitation, the child was transferred to a tertiary care center but had sustained a severe hypoxic ischemic injury. The child went on to have severe respiratory difficulty and remained totally immobile and G-tube dependent. The child died at approximately the age of four because of the brain injury. A confidential settlement was reached after multiple mediation sessions.

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Confidential Settlement - Hypoxic Ischemic Injury

A confidential settlement was reached on behalf of a young child who suffered severe brain damage during newborn surgery. The child had been diagnosed with gastroschisis in utero and delivery was scheduled so that repair surgery could be performed within hours after birth.

During the surgery, the physician was attempting to place a central line for hyperalimentation but failed to follow recognized safety procedures by placing ties above and below the proposed site that could be used to prevent bleeding.

During the procedure an unrecognized massive bleed occurred and by the time control could be gained the child had lost 40 to 50 percent of his blood volume. The newborn suffered severe hypoxic ischemic brain injury due to the hypovolemia. A substantial confidential settlement was reached on the first day of trial.

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Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death And Emergency Room Errors

When the No.1 ranked basketball player in the country died after sustaining a gunshot wound and receiving inadequate emergency medical care, the firm obtained a confidential settlement for his estate.

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Structured Settlement - Neurologic Birth Injuries

A 36-week, three-day pregnant woman was admitted to a rural Wisconsin hospital for presumptive kidney stones. She had seen the defendant doctor on the day of admission, for flank pain. Upon admission, a fetal heart monitor was attached and the strips were reassuring and the mother's vital signs were stable. Morphine was administered for relief of pain; however, the defendant doctor did nothing further for evaluation of kidney stones. Shortly after midnight the mother's pulse rate was 164.

Despite late decelerations, the fetal monitor was disconnected. Hours later, the fetal monitor was reconnected and showed continuous late decelerations and diminished variability. Defendants failed to perform a caesarean section in a timely fashion, which resulted in the child suffering severe neurologic injuries and severe mental retardation. Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a structured settlement, including multiple future payments that will support the child throughout life.

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$9.5 Million - Chicago Transit Authority Premises Liability And Brain Damage Injury

When a young child became entangled in a CTA turnstile and suffered brain damage, the firm obtained a settlement in excess of $9.5 million for her.

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$9 Million - Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Settlement

Our law firm secured a $9 million settlement for a Wisconsin family whose child developed cerebral palsy as a result of mistakes made by medical professional during labor and delivery.
Due to the mother’s hypertension, the doctor decided to induce labor using the drug Cytotec. The medication, however, was given incorrectly. Specifically, the wrong dosage amount was administered to the mother, causing excessive uterine contractions and ultimately fetal distress. The doctor then failed to properly monitor the fetus for more than four hours after the drug was administered. In addition, the doctor failed to order a C-section in a timely manner which resulted in the child being born with severe brain injuries and as a result developed cerebral palsy. He will need full-time assistance for the rest of his life.
Our law firm negotiated a $9 million settlement on behalf of the family before the case was slated to go to trial.

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$9 Million - Hypoxic Ischemic Injury

Over 12 years after the birth of their son, a couple from the Chicagoland area retained attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg to investigate the severe neurologic injuries that they suspected their son had sustained at birth.

The mother was presented to the hospital with vaginal bleeding and was immediately placed on a fetal monitor. An ultrasound was performed in an attempt to rule out placental abruption. Fetal heart tones on admission were noted to be normal. The attending nurse, who no longer practices obstetric nursing, acknowledged that upon admission the fetal monitor strips did demonstrate average variability.

At 7 a.m. the following morning there was a shift change in nurses. The day shift nurse noted that variability was now minimal to absent. Despite this, she did nothing to contact the physician or have him come in. For the next several hours, the fetal heart monitoring strips became progressively more alarming and more indicative of severe fetal problems. The baby was ultimately delivered by state emergency caesarean section in an extremely depressed state.

The child suffered severe neurologic injuries and severe mental retardation due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a settlement with a present cash value of over $9 million.

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$7.25 Million - Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury

A pregnant woman was scheduled for an induced delivery at a hospital in the Chicago suburbs. During labor, the baby's umbilical cord became trapped between the baby's head and the mother's pelvic bones. The pressure on the cord prevented the delivery of blood with fresh oxygen to the baby. The physician and nurses failed to recognize the signs of this lack of oxygen and failed to perform appropriate treatment, including a timely C-section. The baby was born with profound neurologic injuries resulting in cerebral palsy and mental retardation. Jeffrey M. Goldberg settled the case for $7.25 million.

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$6 Million - Labor Inducing Error/Pitocin Birth Injury

With no prenatal problems whatsoever, a young mother, who was at term and in early labor entered a Milwaukee hospital late one evening. Fetal heart tones were reassuring and the pregnancy was being monitored largely by resident physicians. Shortly after admission, she was given an epidural and within a few hours entered active labor. However, she did not reach full dilation until early evening the following day. She was clearly not following a normal progression of labor and Pitocin was administered.

Immediately after commencing the Pitocin late decelerations began appearing. The medical team not only allowed labor to proceed but started increasing Pitocin in violation of their own policy and the standard of care. No one did anything to try to expedite delivery. The child has cerebral palsy with mental retardation caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The firm obtained a settlement, including structured payments over the course of the child's life with present cash over in excess of $6 million.

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$2.9 Million - Premises Liability And Amputation Injury

A man was walking down a Chicago street when his arm came into contact with a live, downed electrical wire. The severe electrical injury required a series of surgeries, including a left forearm amputation and skin graft procedures. Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a settlement of $2.9 million.

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