Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is brought against a health care professional when
something they do or fail to do results in harm to the patient under their
care. Negligence by a medical professional can include a misdiagnosis,
an error in treatment or an error in illness management.
Medical malpractice cases can be brought against a doctor, nurse, aide,
hospital or local, state or federal agencies operating the hospital facilities.
When a mistake by a health care provider causes an injury or death to a
patient, the patient or their family may be able to seek damages.
In Wisconsin, special laws apply only to medical malpractice claims. They
include special filings and filing deadlines as well as limits on legal
fees and the rights of patients to recover damages.
Medical malpractice lawsuits were designed so patients had a way to gain
compensation when injured as a result of negligence or a wrongful action
by a medical professional. They are costly to pursue though, and can change
frequently. Expert opinions are required in order for the injured person
to proceed forward with a medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has been
killed as a result of possible medical malpractice,
contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Cannon & Dunphy today. We hold most of the records in Wisconsin for paid medical malpractice
verdicts and recoveries, including the largest medical malpractice verdict
obtained ($35.3 million in Elkhorn, WI), the second-largest paid medical
malpractice judgment ($25.24 million in Milwaukee, WI). It won’t
cost you any more to hire great lawyers.
Special Cases of Medical Malpractice: Fetal Cerebral Palsy
Sometimes, failure to perform a caesarean section (C-section) in a timely
fashion or to identify a C-section is needed, can cause various levels
of brain injury and damage to an unborn baby.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which occurs when the fetus has decreased
blood flow from the placenta and decreased oxygen levels, is known to
cause cerebral palsy if the fetus is not delivered in a timely fashion.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has set forth criteria
on the relationship between the events occurring before birth (i.e.: hypoxic
ischemic encephalopathy) and cerebral palsy.
- A blood pH of less than 7;
- A hypoxic event occurring immediately before delivery;
- Sustained fetal bradycardia or the absence of variability in the presence
of persistent late decelerations or persistent variable declarations;
- Apgar scores of 0-3 after the first 5 minutes on the baby’s life
outside the womb;
- Onset of multisystem involvement within 72 hours of birth;
- Early radiographic (i.e.: head ultrasound or CT scan) evidence of brain damage.
A cerebral palsy brain injury caused by ischemia before birth should always
be investigated by an experienced medical malpractice trial attorney.
Contact Our Milwaukee Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your child developed cerebral palsy and you believe it may be due to
a medical mistake or you think you may have a medical malpractice case,
contact our offices today.
Your best step is to begin with a free initial consultation with the experienced
lawyers at Cannon & Dunphy, S.C. to determine if you have a strong case.
Recent Case Results
$35.3 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case awarded to the family of a premature infant who suffered brain damage as a result of air emboli introduced into the infant’s venous system during a blood transfusion. The infant was two weeks post-birth at the time of transfusion, off the respirator, stable, and progressing well with no significant problems. The jury awarded future care costs of $20 million, past and future pain and suffering to the child in the amount of $5.5 million, $1.5 million to the child for his lost earning capacity, $3 million to each parent for loss of their son’s society and companionship, $1.7 million for the child’s past nursing care and services, and $640,000 for past medical expenses. This is the largest paid personal injury verdict in Wisconsin history.* Location: Elkhorn, WI
$25.24 million jury verdict, judgment and settlement awarded to the parents and their daughter’s estate in a medical malpractice case involving a resident physician who failed to diagnose an acute abdomen in a 15-year old girl and failed to seek a consultation from a senior resident over an 11-hour time span, which led to the ischemic death of the girl’s small bowel and its removal. Complications from this loss of small bowel required 89 additional subsequent surgeries, including two failed small bowel transplants, and ultimately led to her death two years later. This is the second largest paid medical malpractice jury award in Wisconsin history.* Location: Milwaukee, WI
$16 million recovered for a patient in a medical malpractice case where a physician inappropriately ordered high dose steroids for an undiagnosed condition. The doctor discontinued the steroids in the face of an infection masked by the steroids. This event sent the patient into Addisonian Shock, which destroyed her nerves and muscles. This case represents the second largest medical malpractice pretrial settlement in Wisconsin history.* Location: Milwaukee, WI
$12 million recovered in a medical malpractice case for the family of an infant who suffered a cerebral palsy brain injury at birth due to a failure to the defendant obstetrician’s failure to timely perform a C-section. Location: Oshkosh, WI
$10.46 million jury verdict and judgment awarded in a medical malpractice case to the family of a newborn who suffered brain damage caused by a medical clinic's delay in bringing the newborn in for treatment of acute feeding problems and subsequent dehydration. (Co-counsel) Location: Port Washington, WI