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Jesse M. Reiter
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Jesse Reiter’s Legal Cases

32 total

  • $6.159 Million for Infant with Cerebral Palsy from Vacuum Extractor Injury

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Outcome:
    $6.159 Million Verdict
    Description:
    This case involved a child with physical and mental disabilities from cerebral palsy. Plaintiff went to the hospital while in labor. An experienced nurse handled the birth. The mother was dilated to 9.5 cm for two hours. Although the mother was not fully dilated, the baby was delivered. However, near the time of delivery the child suffered a stroke, resulting in mild hemiparesis (paralysis on one side of the body) and cerebral palsy. The plaintiff claimed that the stroke was the result of pushing before complete dilation and the use of a vacuum and that a C-section would have prevented injury. The child now requires surgeries and may have a learning disability.
  • $4.75 Million: Failure to Diagnose Preeclampsia and Perform C-Section Leads to HIE, Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy and I/DD

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Outcome:
    $4.75 Million Settlement
    Description:
    In this case, a mother beyond her due date exhibited signs of high blood pressure, fetal distress, and fetal oxygen deprivation, so she went to the hospital and expressed feelings of cramping and pain. She communicated to hospital staff that she was in labor, but after running an ultrasound and fetal heart rate assessment, she was sent home without being seen by a physician or resident. When the mother came back five days later, her baby had a significantly diminished heart rate and was delivered via emergency C-section. After delivery, the mother was diagnosed with preeclampsia and her son was born with low Apgar scores, extremely acidic blood, brain damage, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and resultant cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delays. Had medical professionals diagnosed preeclampsia and performed a C-section delivery at the time mandated by the standard of care, the boy could have been born without lifelong disabilities.
  • $3.75 Million Settlement for a Child with Cognitive Impairments, Developmental Delays and Cerebral Palsy

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Outcome:
    $3.75 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Throughout her pregnancy, a woman missed several of her appointments with the doctor. Late in her pregnancy, she complained that the baby wasn’t moving as much. Testing on the day of delivery showed that the baby wasn’t moving as much, but everything else seemed normal. Doctors induced her labor, but neither the mother nor the baby responded well to the drugs used and the baby was having problems with her heart rate. The baby suffered loss of oxygen during labor and was diagnosed with a brain bleed. Now 10 years old, she is mentally retarded , developmentally delayed, and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Plaintiff-attorneys asserted that because the baby was having problems during labor, doctors should have performed a C-section earlier in the day. Defendant-attorneys’ position was that the minor’s brain damage and developmental delays are genetic or caused by events before her birth. Case settled five weeks before trial for 3.75 million.
  • $3.9 Million for a Child with Motor Delays and Mild Cerebral Palsy

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Outcome:
    $3.9 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Hospital staff confused the mother's heart beat with the baby's on the fetal monitor and missed the fact that the baby was in distress. Now school-age, the child suffers from motor delays and mild cerebral palsy.
  • $2 Million for a Twin with Developmental Delays and Speech Deficits

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Oct 20, 2011
    Outcome:
    $2 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Pregnant with twins, the mother delivered Twin A without a problem, but was given a C-section dose of anesthesia before delivering Twin B, even though no C-section was performed. This caused maternal hypotension, non-reassuring fetal heart tones, and a delay in delivery of Twin B. Twin B suffers from mild developmental delays and speech deficits. Twin A is uninjured.
  • $3.6 Million for a Child with Developmental Delays and Cerebral Palsy

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Outcome:
    $3.6 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Pregnant for the first time, the mother was treated by a private physician prenatally. Fetal heart tones were reassuring when the mother went into labor, but as labor progressed, fetal heart tones became non-reassuring. Baby was vaginally delivered with delivery-assistance devices and now suffers from developmental delays and mild cerebral palsy.
  • $3.85 Million for a Child with Cerebral Palsy and Profound Developmental Delays

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Jan 03, 2014
    Outcome:
    $3.85 Million Settlement
    Description:
    This case involved a series of mistakes made by physicians and hospital staff that resulted in a brain injured baby. The child has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and profound developmental delays. He cannot walk or talk and requires feeding by tube. Reiter & Walsh asserted in this very difficult case that the mother’s sickle cell disease, brain abscess requiring cranial surgery during pregnancy, seizures, and multiple hospitalizations during pregnancy placed her in a high-risk category. Despite being high-risk, staff and doctors managing her care did not communicate or follow-up on abnormal test results. One such result revealed that the baby was not growing proportionally to gestational age. This finding required early delivery of the baby, between 34 and 37 weeks gestation. Instead, the pregnancy was allowed to continue and the mother experienced a sickle cell crisis at 37 weeks. During this time the baby’s fetal heart tracings were non-reassuring and an emergency C-section was ordered but delayed. This deprived the baby of oxygen resulting in brain damage.
  • $3.8 Million for a Child with Cerebral Palsy and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    $3.8 Million Settlement
    Description:
    In this case, Reiter & Walsh secured $3.8 million for a child with cerebral palsy from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Physicians failed to respond to intraunterine growth restriction, oxygen deprivation, and fetal distress.
  • $5.0 Million for a Child with Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) from Medical Malpractice in NICU

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    $5 Million Settlement
    Description:
    This case involved an instance of medical malpractice regarding the actions of medical professionals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After thriving in the NICU for two and a half week, Plaintiff minor suddenly developed neurological changes and body temperature instability. Five different NICU nurses documented the changes without alerting medical staff until the next morning when the baby crashed. Once the crash occurred, the baby underwent intubation. Unfortunately, the baby had already experienced brain damage and the onset of periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). When he was released from the NICU, the baby was diagnosed with lifelong cerebral palsy and other mental and physical deficits.
  • $4.5 Million: Overventilation Causes Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Physical and Cognitive Impairments

    Practice Area:
    Birth Injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    $4.5 Million Settlement
    Description:
    In this case, the baby was born 29 and a half weeks gestation. After birth, the baby was ventilated and given medication to improve the capacity of his lung’s to utilize oxygen. During his neonatal stay, the baby’s lungs matured, but the hospital failed to appropriately decrease his ventilation. The resulting hypocarbia (reduced CO2 levels in the blood) caused cysts and softening of the brain tissue. The brain damage he sustained lead to spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, requiring 24-hour care for life.