Experience, Commitment for Improper Medical Treatment Victims
Serving Clients in Illinois and Wisconsin and most Mid-West States
When you have experienced an injury or the death of a family member while under the care of a medical professional, you won't be just another "case" when you call Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices. We have practiced injury law for over 40 years and are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of people and families who have suffered a loss because of substandard medical. Our firm's legal team works cooperatively to achieve justice sooner rather than later.
Dealing primarily with birth injury cases, our clients are typically newborns, infants and young children suffering from a range of birth injuries including Cerebral Palsy as a result of medical negligence. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for these children to provide lifetime medical care and support for them and their caregivers, including many who were declined representation from other firms. We take the hard cases and win.
The firm employs a full-time legal nurse consultant, Margaret Oberts, to evaluate medical cases and review evidence. You can rest assured that she has the knowledge to evaluate your case and to identify and retaining authoritative medical input as our legal team builds a compelling case on your behalf.
Insurance companies spend millions on to tip the scales against medical malpractice victims. Our only goal is to balance the scales of justice and achieve a fair and equitable outcome in each and every case we handle.
Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any medical malpractice injury such as the following:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxia or lack of oxygen
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Improper treatment
- Prescription drug errors
- Liver diseases such as jaundice
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Defective instruments and products
- Wrongful death
Call Attorney Jeffrey Goldberg today at 708-813-5820 to arrange your free initial consultation.
Attorney Jeffrey M. Goldberg
- llinois, 1974
- Wisconsin, 2000
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1974
- Illinois Supreme Court, 1974
- Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2000
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
- John Marshall Law School, J.D.
- Bradley University, B.A. - Business Finance, 1970
Professional Memberships and Achievements:
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Prior Board Member
- The Public Justice Foundation, Past President
- Recipient of the Public Justice Foundation Champion of Justice Award.
- American Association for Justice and the Birth Trauma Litigation Group
- Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association's Tort Litigation Section
- Legal Specialization Committee
- Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee
- Lead Counsel in Case that struck down the Illinois Medical Malpractice Caps
Attorney Adam T. Peterson
- Marquette University Law School, J.D.
- University of Arizona, B.A.
Professional Memberships and Achievements:
- Wisconsin State Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Public Justice Foundation
Verdicts & Settlements
Birth Injury Case Results
In a confidential settlement, and expectant mother presented at her hospital in Chicago for the delivery of her first child. Her physician was not present and the hospital’s “house doctor,” who had not been formally trained in obstetrics, was managing the labor with attending nurses. By the time the personal physician arrived the fetus had suffered a significant lack of oxygen and was delivered in a very depressed state. The baby developed cerebral palsy. On the eve of trial, the hospital and other defendants offered a global settlement with a present cash value in excess of $13,000,000 including some portions in cash and future payments that will support the child for life.
A Milwaukee County jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in a birth injury case, which exceeded $23,000,000 against the doctor and will be payable by both the doctor and Injured Patients and Families' Compensation Fund. There had been no offer prior to trial.
With no prenatal problems whatsoever a young mother, who was at term and in early labor entered a Milwaukee hospital late one evening. Fetal heart tones were reassuring and the pregnancy was being monitored largely by resident physicians. Shortly after admission she was given an epidural and within a few hours entered active labor. However, she did not reach full dilation until early evening the following day. She was clearly not following a normal progression of labor and Pitocin was administered. Immediately after commencing the Pitocin late decelerations began appearing. The medical team not only allowed labor to proceed but started increasing Pitocin in violation of their own policy and the standard of care. No one did anything to try to expedite delivery. The child has cerebral palsy with mental retardation caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The firm obtained a settlement, including structured payments over the course of the child's life with present cash over in excess of $6,000,000.
A 36 week, three-day pregnant woman was admitted to a rural Wisconsin hospital for presumptive kidney stones. She had seen the defendant doctor on the day of admission, for flank pain. Upon admission a fetal heart monitor was attached and the strips were reassuring and the mother's vital signs were stable. Morphine was administered for relief of pain; however the defendant doctor did nothing further for evaluation of kidney stones. Shortly after midnight the mother's pulse rate was 164. Despite late decelerations the fetal monitor was disconnected. Hours later the fetal monitor was reconnected and showed continuous late decelerations and diminished variability. Defendants failed to perform a Cesarean Section in a timely fashion, which resulted in the child suffering severe neurologic injuries and severe mental retardation. Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a structured settlement including multiple future payments that will support the child throughout life.
Over 12 years after the birth of their son, a couple from the Chicagoland area retained Jeffrey M. Goldberg to investigate the severe neurologic injuries that they suspected their son had sustained at birth. The mother presented to the hospital with vaginal bleeding and was immediately placed on a fetal monitor. An ultrasound was performed in an attempt to rule out placental abruption. Fetal heart tones on admission were noted to be normal. The attending nurse, who no longer practices obstetric nursing, acknowledged that upon admission the fetal monitor strips did demonstrate average variability. At 7:00 a.m. the following morning there was a shift change in nurses. The day shift nurse noted that variability was now minimal to absent. Despite this, she did nothing to contact the physician or have him come in. For the next several hours the fetal heart monitoring strips became progressively more alarming and more indicative of severe fetal problems. The baby was ultimately delivered by stat emergency Cesarean Section in an extremely depressed state. The child suffered severe neurologic injuries and severe mental retardation due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Jeffrey M. Goldberg obtained a settlement with a present cash value of over $9,000,000.
A young mother at 35 weeks gestation felt sharp pains at home and immediately went to the neighborhood hospital. Upon admission the doctor was aware of the sharp pains and that the mother was not having actual contractions. The physicians clearly should have considered placental abruption. When fetal monitor was applied it initially showed a clearly reassuring fetal heart rate pattern with average variability and a normal base-line. Over the next hour, while the doctor was evaluating potential preeclampsia and other similar problems, the fetal heart rate started to deteriorate. Clearly there were multiple decelerations and developing tachycardia. Even though the fetal heart rate was not reassuring, the doctor allowed the monitor to be disconnected to allow an ultrasound. Once the ultrasound was completed and the monitor was reapplied it became blatantly apparent that the heart rate was drastically abnormal. A cesarean section should have been considered. Instead of taking the appropriate steps, the nurses continued to merely monitor and failed to realize that the fetal monitor strips were showing minimal variability and multiple late decelerations. One nurse who was involved had to acknowledge that she did not clearly understand appropriate fetal monitor strip interpretation. She acknowledged during deposition that for several hours the fetal monitor strips were nonreassuring and yet she did nothing to correct the situation.
The child was delivered by emergency cesarean section at approximately 6:00 a.m. and was severely acidotic and hypoxic. Apgar scores were 0, 0, 0.
The young child currently has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy clearly attributable to lack of oxygen at birth. The treating neurologists who have been involved in his care attribute all the injury to hypoxia at birth while the defense continued to try to create alternative theories of liability. The matter settled at mediation a few weeks prior to trial for a structured settlement with a present cash value of over $14,000,000.
A pregnant woman was admitted to a Milwaukee hospital, in labor. She had once delivered a child via C-section. Her physician recommended that she attempt a vaginal birth for the delivery, without advising her of the increased risks of uterine rupture and harm to the baby in a vaginal birth that occurs after a prior C-section (VBAC). During labor, the doctors ordered Pitocin to speed up the contractions. The Pitocin was administered for too long and the Pitocin dosage was unnecessarily increased. After several hours the electronic fetal monitor showed signs of fetal distress. The woman's uterus ruptured, resulting in severe brain damage to her baby. The baby was diagnosed with severe quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy. He will never walk or talk and needs permanent, costly, around-the-clock care. Jeffrey M. Goldberg achieved a structured settlement with a lifetime value of over $53 million.
When a newborn with hyperbilirubinemia went untreated and suffered brain damage, the firm obtained a structured settlement worth more than $35 million for our client.
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