No Steps Taken in Response to Signs of Fetal Distress; $3.15M Settlement

September 28, 2022 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A newborn suffered hypoxia after an intern and an attending physician failed to take action to address signs of fetal distress. In a lawsuit the mother brought against the hospital in Michigan state court, the parties have settled for $3,150,000, according to an article in the July 2022 issue of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

One morning, when the pregnancy was at term, the mother presented to the hospital with vaginal leaking and contractions. A nonstress test was nonreactive. Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) patterns were persistently nonreassuring, with minimal variability, no accelerations, and a deceleration. Despite these concerning findings,...

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