A jury found Dr. Thomas Myers, a neonatologist, was negligent and has caused ongoing health problems for Tinley Parker, now five years old. They awarded more than $23 million to the family. According to the family’s attorney, Tinley suffered massive blood loss at birth and was not fully transfused for approximately three hours after her birth. As a result, Tinley suffered brain damage and now has ongoing health problems, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Tinley’s mother had decided to deliver at Palos Community Hospital because she was considered a high risk pregnancy, and Palos advertised they had an on-site neonatologist. During the delivery, the mother and a nurse noticed a large pool of blood and problems with Tinley’s heart rate. Ultimately, a Caesarean section was performed. According to the lawsuit, the hospital staff tried several times to page Dr. Myers and reach him on his cell phone. Dr. Myers’ associate arrived and blood was ordered. However, it was not enough blood; additional blood was ordered, but there was a delay in its arrival. Tinley had lost about 60% of her blood supply due to a fetal vessel rupture.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
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