Catherine D. Bertram's Settlements & Verdicts
The following are some of Ms. Bertram's recent settlements and verdicts:
- A $4.2 million confidential settlement for a child who suffered severe brain damage, seizures and cerebral palsy following his delivery at a hospital in the Maryland suburbs. This settlement is very siginificant in light of Maryland's arbitrary and wholly insufficient cap on pain and suffering damages of $590,000.00. The defendants in this case included the physician group responsible for the mother's labor and delivery, who employed the physician who mismanaged the mother's delivery and failed to transfer the mother to a hospital with a more specialized nursery even though they knew the baby in the breech position was at a higher risk for complications after delivery. Another responsible defendant was the neonatology group who employed the neonatologist who failed to provide the baby with appropriate emergency care after delivery and failed to transfer the baby to a specialized hospital as soon as the baby was stabilized which would have prevented some of the brain damage. The Hospital was also named and contributed to the settlement.
- A $2.7 million confidential settlement for a patient and his familiy against a local hospital after it was determined that the hospital did not have defibrillator paddles in their operating room when the patient was taken to the operating room for an exploratory procedure after his open heart surgery. As a result, the patent's heart stopped beating and his brain was deprived of oxygen for an extended period. He sustained significant brain damage and remained in a coma, never able to communicate again with his wife and six year old daughter.
- A $2.8 million confidential settlement for a wife and her children after their father died when the hospital failed to diagnose his stroke symptoms in the emergency department.
- A $750,000 confidential settlement for a local man who suffered a stroke during a simple cervical surgery at a local area hospital. The surgeon failed to protect the patient's vertebral artery during surgery which resulted in a significant brain stem stroke. The hospital staff then failed to appreciate the signs and symptoms of the stroke and allowed the stroke to continue to progress without any intervention for more than 24 hours afer the surgery. Luckily, this patient has fought his way back and was able to return to work.
- A confidential settlement for the parents of a newly born infant who died in the hospital right after birth when he was given a deadly dose of medication that was mixed improperly by the pharmacy and the error was not caught by the hospital staff.
- A confidential settlement for a cancer patient against a local hospital when they punctured his bowel while inserting a medical device and then failed to detect the error resulting in severe pain and suffering for the patient during the final months of his life.