BREAKING NEWS: WVFO SECURES HUGE VICTORY IN POST-TRIAL MOTIONS IN LANDMARK $229 MILLION DOLLAR BIRTH INJURY VERDICT
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Experienced Trial Attorneys

We strive to ensure that you receive the highest level of dedicated and aggressive legal representation in the pursuit of justice. Our team of attorneys has over 100 years of collective experience handling medical malpractice and catastrophic injury cases. As you can see from our past results, we use every effort to maximize our clients' recoveries.

Settlements

Almost all of the firm's settlements are confidential and no particulars or details can be disclosed. However, WVF&O can state that the firm has settled hundreds of medical malpractice cases in numerous medical circumstances, including, but not limited to, birth injuries, cerebral palsy,misdiagnosis or failure to properly treat cancer, brain and spinal cord injuries, emergency room malpractice, amputation cases, cardiac and stroke cases, and death cases. The amounts of the settlements vary depending on the injuries suffered by our clients. A large number of our settlements are in excess of $5,000,000.00.

    • Birth Injury $229,000,000.00
    • Birth Injury $55,000,000
    • Birth Injury $33,500,000
    • Birth Injury $21,000,000
    • Birth Injury $15,650,000

      After a three week jury trial, WVF&O obtained a $15,650,000 jury award in favor of a young girl who suffered devastating brain injuries at birth when the defendants failed to timely deliver her by cesarean section. The child, who later developed cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, suffered these injuries as a result of a lack of oxygen in utero and trauma to her brain during a rapid second stage of labor. The evidence at trial showed that the defendants improperly interpreted ominous signs on the fetal heart monitor, which showed oxygen deprivation. This mistake was further compounded by the negligent administration of Pitocin, which increased the strength and frequency of the mother's contractions, causing increased stress and oxygen deprivation to the baby. The negligent Defendants were Sophia Kyermaten, CNM, Dimensions Healthcare Associates, Inc., and Prince George's Hospital Center. The case was tried in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

    • Medical Malpractice $15,500,000
    • Medical Malpractice $14,100,000.00
    • Medical Malpratice $12,000,000.00
    • Medical Malpractice $10,000,000.00
    • Medical Malpractice $9,200,000.00
    • Medical Mistake $9,000,000.00
    • Medical Malpractice $6,900,000.00
    • Medical Malpractice $5,360,000.00
    • Failure to Diagnose $5,300,000.00

      WVF&O Obtains $5,300,000.00 Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Verdict

      • Location: Washington, D.C.

      On December 30, 2014, a medical malpractice verdict for more than $5,300,000.00 obtained by the lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, LLC was upheld in the D.C. Court of Appeals. In this tragic case, the doctor failed to screen his patient for colon cancer over many years, as laid out in the guidelines from national health organizations. Before the patient’s diagnosis, the doctor performed only limited testing for colon cancer, despite the patient’s higher risk after he turned 50-years-old. Even when the patient complained of symptoms associated with colon cancer on several occasions, the doctor failed to order the proper testing to rule-out cancer. As a result, the patient’s colon cancer was not timely diagnosed and he died following four years of painful chemotherapy treatment.

    • Medical Malpractice $4,400,000.00
    • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000.00
    • Birth Injury Confidential

      BRAIN INJURY DUE TO FAILURE TO DELIVER FOR CEPHALOPELVIC DISPROPORTION– LAWSUIT AGAINST UPPER CHESAPEAKE MEDICAL CENTER

      On January 24, 2020, WVFO attorneys Keith Forman and Jermaine Haughton filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a minor who suffered a brain injury due to a delayed delivery.

      The complaint alleges that on April 11, 2010, the child’s mother presented to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with contractions. When the mother was first seen at 12:15 a.m., the baby was in the -1 station—meaning that the baby’s head was close to the pelvis, but had not yet engaged the pelvis. At 2:32 a.m., the baby started having recurrent late decelerations of the fetal heart rate, which signify a decrease in the level of oxygen in the fetal blood. The baby failed to descend and continued to show apparent distress from the labor process, with prolonged fetal heart rate decelerations. The baby remained in the -1 station (unchanged from several hours earlier), which, in conjunction with the baby’s direct occiput posterior position, signified cephalopelvic disproportion, which is defined as the failure of the fetal head to descend through the pelvis despite strong uterine contractions. Despite the lack of progress towards a vaginal delivery, and clear signs of both cephalopelvic disproportion and fetal intolerance, the doctor ordered the mother to continue pushing without progress. By 6:25 a.m., the mother was suffering from vaginal swelling as a result of having to push for extended periods of time without any descent of the baby. The baby’s head began to mold through the birth canal. Despite knowledge of the lengthy second stage of labor, signs of fetal distress, and obvious signs of cephalopelvic disproportion, the doctor attempted to execute a vacuum delivery before the baby’s head was engaged in the pelvis. This is a clear violation in the standard of care. The vacuum “popped off” from the baby’s head, resulting in additional head trauma. The baby was born by cesarean section at 7:49 a.m., more than five hours after the mother became completely dilated. At birth, the baby was noted to be without respiratory effort and color. He did not immediately respond to stimulation, and needed positive pressure ventilation before he gained respiratory effort. His head was misshaped at birth as a result of his head being unnecessarily wedged in his mother’s pelvis for an extended period of time.

      The child suffered significant and permanent neurodevelopmental and physical issues, including but not limited to tonal abnormalities, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, fine and gross motor delays, and speech and language deficits as a result of the defendants’ delay. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants negligently delayed delivery via cesarean section despite the obvious signs of cephalopelvic disproportion. The child suffered permanent neurological injuries and damages and will require significant medical care and treatment for the remainder of his life.

      The action is pending in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland.