Birth Injury

$3,990,000 settlement for a 3 year boy because the doctors and nurses gave too much IV fluid and caused the child to have seizures and hemorrhages in the brain.


This child had a normal delivery and normal APGAR scores when he was born. A few hours later the nurses detected he had low blood sugar. In order to correct this condition the doctors put him on Intravenous fluids with dextrose (sugar). Unfortunately, because his sugar level never stabilized, the residents kept increase the flow rate of the IV to get more dextrose into him. They should have just increased the concentration of dextrose in the IV rather than give it faster. This newborn was not able to handle so much fluid in his system and couldn’t urinate enough out to keep up with what they were putting in through the IV. As a result his blood became diluted with too much fluid and the sodium (salt) in his blood got diluted to a dangerously low level.

Warning signs that he was “waterlogged” and in a very dangerous position weren’t recognized, and this three day old child, without enough salt in his body to protect his organs, went into seizures and suffered bleeding in the brain causing permanent brain damage. The settlement was structured to provide funds to care for him as a child and provide him with a lifetime income as an adult.