Thomas Siracusa recently obtained court approval for a $23,000,000.00 settlement on behalf
of a 34 year-old woman who suffered a stroke following child birth. The
settlement is an Illinois record for a birth-related injury to a mother,
according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The plaintiff developed a severe form of pre-eclampsia known as HELLP Syndrome
during labor with her fourth child. She experienced periodic high blood
pressures, which continued after delivery. In the
medical malpractice lawsuit filed in 2011, Plaintiff alleged that her obstetrician failed
to administer adequate anti-hypertensive medication and that staff nurses
failed to follow hospital procedures to obtain the medical care the patient
required. It was alleged that the high blood pressures caused the plaintiff
to suffer a hemorrhagic stroke.
Plaintiff's stroke caused catastrophic brain damage which has left
her a quadriplegic. She remains ventilator-dependent and requires G-tube feedings.
“This settlement will enable the Plaintiff to obtain the medical
care and therapy she now requires as a result of this tragic occurrence,”
said Thomas Siracusa, a partner at
Power Rogers & Smith.
Joseph Balesteri assisted with preparing the case for trial before the settlement was reached.