Birth & Neonatal Injury

Feldman Shepherd’s birth and neonatal injury practice group is led by a team of some of the nation’s most respected trial lawyers. We have a proven history of record-breaking multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for the families of children injured by doctor, hospital, and nursing mistakes. These injuries typically manifest as serious, life-long conditions, most commonly cerebral palsy, and are often caused by:

Birth Injury Neonatal Injury
  • Preeclampsia
  • Placental Abruption
  • Uterine Rupture
  • Umbilical Cord Prolapse
  • Delayed Cesarean Section
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Improper Resuscitation at Birth
  • Malpositioned Central Catheter
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Kernicterus / Severe Hyperbilirubinemia

Birth injury cases are notoriously complex and require extensive medical and legal experience. Our birth and neonatal practice group includes a former emergency room doctor and two registered nurses, all of whom are now practicing attorneys. Our lawyers and support staff work as a team, mobilizing a detailed and intimate understanding of the issues your family is facing and offering resources to support you throughout the litigation. We perform all necessary legal and medical research, and regularly consult with highly regarded and nationally prominent experts, with our firm advancing all litigation costs so you never incur any out-of-pocket expense.

The Feldman Shepherd birth and neonatal injury attorneys prosecute these and other claims involving devastating harm to infants, and have successfully handled hundreds of cases throughout the country. At trial, our birth injury lawyers recently obtained a $78.5 million verdict for a three-year-old child who suffers from severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of a delayed emergency cesarean section delivery. Our team also secured a $20 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a family whose child developed kernicterus and cerebral palsy due to the healthcare providers’ failure to appropriately treat his severe hyperbilirubinemia. The attorneys at Feldman Shepherd also negotiated a $16 million settlement in an obstetric malpractice case, in which the baby suffered permanent brain damage due to cord prolapse during delivery. These are just a few of the many multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements our trial lawyers have achieved in this area.

We understand the impact a birth trauma or injury has on a family; that is why our main priority is providing exceptional personal service to meet the special needs of each one of our clients, including the tiniest ones.

Feldman Shepherd’s birth and neonatal injury practice group is led by a team of some of the nation’s most respected trial lawyers. We have a proven history of record-breaking multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for the families of children injured by doctor, hospital, and nursing mistakes. These injuries typically manifest as serious, life-long conditions, most commonly cerebral palsy, and are often caused by:

Birth Injury Neonatal Injury
  • Preeclampsia
  • Placental Abruption
  • Uterine Rupture
  • Umbilical Cord Prolapse
  • Delayed Cesarean Section
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Improper Resuscitation at Birth
  • Malpositioned Central Catheter
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Kernicterus / Severe Hyperbilirubinemia

Birth injury cases are notoriously complex and require extensive medical and legal experience. Our birth and neonatal practice group includes a former emergency room doctor and two registered nurses, all of whom are now practicing attorneys. Our lawyers and support staff work as a team, mobilizing a detailed and intimate understanding of the issues your family is facing and offering resources to support you throughout the litigation. We perform all necessary legal and medical research, and regularly consult with highly regarded and nationally prominent experts, with our firm advancing all litigation costs so you never incur any out-of-pocket expense.

The Feldman Shepherd birth and neonatal injury attorneys prosecute these and other claims involving devastating harm to infants, and have successfully handled hundreds of cases throughout the country. At trial, our birth injury lawyers recently obtained a $78.5 million verdict for a three-year-old child who suffers from severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of a delayed emergency cesarean section delivery. Our team also secured a $20 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a family whose child developed kernicterus and cerebral palsy due to the healthcare providers’ failure to appropriately treat his severe hyperbilirubinemia. The attorneys at Feldman Shepherd also negotiated a $16 million settlement in an obstetric malpractice case, in which the baby suffered permanent brain damage due to cord prolapse during delivery. These are just a few of the many multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements our trial lawyers have achieved in this area.

We understand the impact a birth trauma or injury has on a family; that is why our main priority is providing exceptional personal service to meet the special needs of each one of our clients, including the tiniest ones.

Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $78.5 million verdict on behalf of a child who suffered severe brain damage as a result of medical negligence. The child’s severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy resulted from an 81-minute delay in …
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At 5 p.m. on November 9th, after a 2-1/2 week trial, a jury in Lawrenceville, Georgia handed down a $30.5 million ($30,545,655.00) verdict in favor of a severely brain damaged baby and her mother.  Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko , …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a record-setting $20 million settlement on behalf of a family whose child suffered kernicterus and cerebral palsy due to the healthcare providers’ alleged negligence in failing to timely treat his hyperbilirubinemia. We are …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $16.05 million settlement* on behalf of a family whose baby suffered severe brain damage at birth following a placental abruption. We have been informed that this is the largest pre-trial medical malpractice …
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Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a mother who, at the direction of her private obstetrician and just three days past her due date, presented at the hospital for induction of labor. Despite evidence that she already was in spontaneous labor, the …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Edward S. Goldis won a $16 million verdict* on behalf of a child with severe cerebral palsy caused by a catastrophic placental abruption that occurred at 39 ½ weeks gestation. Mrs. DuPont had a very high risk pregnancy, with complications including …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, Andrew K. Mitnick, and Carolyn M. Chopko secured a $12 million settlement* on behalf of the family of a child with kernicterus and cerebral palsy, resulting from the negligence of several pediatricians and neonatologists during the child’s first week of life. …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina obtained an $11.8 million settlement* on behalf of a family whose baby suffered severe brain damage at birth following a placental abruption. Reportedly, the recovery may be the largest ever pretrial medical malpractice recovery in the region. …
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Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a mother, who was close to term and was admitted to her local hospital for further evaluation including a biophysical profile after alerting her obstetrician to decreased fetal movement. Upon initial electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) at the hospital, …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $10 million settlement* on behalf of the family whose son suffered severe brain damage as a result of a defendant-hospital’s failure to timely treat the child’s non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracings. This …
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In June 2011, Feldman Shepherd attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko secured a $10 million settlement* on behalf of a child with kernicterus and cerebral palsy. The recovery may be the largest in any such case in the history of the State of California, …
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During the second week of trial, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Daniel J. Mann reached a $9.3 million settlement on behalf of a child who during labor and delivery suffered brain damage leading to choreoathetoid cerebral palsy, infantile spasms, and mental retardation. The confidential nature …
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Attorneys Daniel S Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko secured a $9 million settlement on behalf of a child with a brain injury she sustained at birth in Northern California. California has led the nation in tort reform, with its draconian “MICRA” law in …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Andrew K. Mitnick secured a cash settlement of $8.5 million* in a tragic case in which a newborn’s jaundice/bilirubin was not properly tested and she ended up with severe hyperbilirubinemia leading to kernicterus and cerebral palsy. This settlement is one of …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, Carolyn M. Chopko, and G. Scott Vezina secured a $7.5 million settlement in a case involving a neurosurgical misadventure causing permanent brain damage to a 51-year-old New Jersey man. The plaintiff had been diagnosed with a small pituitary tumor and was scheduled …
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$7.5 million settlement of rural Michigan obstetric case involving brain injuries to the infant plaintiff during the course of labor and delivery.  Reportedly the second highest med mal settlement in Michigan at the time. Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a minor-plaintiff’s mother who …
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During the first day of trial, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Daniel J. Mann secured a $7.5 million cash settlement on behalf of a 15-year-old child who suffers from cerebral palsy and mental retardation as a result of the alleged negligence of the child’s attending …
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$7 million upstate Pennsylvania settlement on behalf of child who suffered brain injury during the course of labor/delivery. Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a minor-plaintiff’s mother who presented to the hospital with a high-risk pregnancy but  reassuring signs on fetal monitoring initially.  During …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko secured what is believed to be a record-breaking settlement of $6.5 million in a birth injury/medical malpractice case in a rural county in southern New Jersey. The defendants have insisted on complete confidentiality of …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina obtained a $6 million recovery* on behalf of a child with severe brain damage that occurred during labor and delivery. The injury occurred during the final hour of a 9 month pregnancy. During labor, the baby’s heart …
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Ten days before trial was scheduled to begin, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Jason A. Daria secured a settlement of $6 million on behalf of a child who suffers from severe cerebral palsy. This is believed to represent the largest recovery in a personal injury …
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In August 2011, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Andrew K. Mitnick obtained a $5.75 million settlement of a Pittsburgh birth injury case. The case involved a woman who was 41 weeks pregnant and came into the hospital for induction of labor. Attorneys Weinstock and Mitnick argued the …
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On the eve of trial, attorney Roberta D. Pichini achieved a settlement of almost $5.7 million on behalf of a child who sustained brain injury from a delay in recognizing signs of infection while she was in a hospital’s newborn nursery. The infant was a …
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In a confidential settlement offered on the first day of trial, attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Daniel J. Mann obtained a $5 million recovery for a brain-damaged youngster and her family. The case arose from the failure of several physicians to diagnose and treat jaundice in …
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Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano reached a $5 million settlement for the family of a child who was born with a relatively mild congenital anomaly but was left severely disabled as a result of complications during a minor corrective surgery. As a …
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In June 2009, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $5 million settlement* in a rural Georgia town for a labor and delivery case where the child ended up with cerebral palsy. The injury occurred during labor, and likely resulted from a combination …
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In March 2012, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, G. Scott Vezina, and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $4.9 million settlement* for an Atlanta, Ga birth injury case. This case involved a woman who arrived at the hospital in labor at 41 weeks gestation. Fetal monitoring strips as …
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In a confidential settlement after jury selection, attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Daniel J. Mann secured a $4.3 million for a brain-damaged youngster and his family in an obstetrical malpractice case. In this case, the child’s mother developed an “incompetent” (or weakened) cervix during pregnancy. Although …
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In August 2011, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko settled* a medical negligence case for $4.25 million. The plaintiff in the case was a child who ended up with cerebral palsy as a result of a delay in delivery. Attorneys Weinstock and Chopko argued the …
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In April 2012, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina obtained a $4 million settlement* in a Toledo, Ohio birth injury case for a child who is now 15-years-old. This case involved a woman who came into the hospital for induction post-term of labor. During …
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Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a plaintiff mother who presented, at term, to defendant obstetrician’s office with a complaint of decreased fetal movement. She was sent over to defendant hospital for purposes of non-stress testing, which was non-reassuring. Additionally, she presented …
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On the evening of the ninth day of trial, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Jason A. Daria settled a case for $3.5 million* on behalf of a child who suffered brain damage from chronic placental insufficiency during her pregnancy. The child now suffers from cerebral …
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After the jury had been selected and trial was ready to begin, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock, Daniel J. Mann and Riki R. Redente secured a $3.4 million settlement for a 13-year-old girl as a result of a delay in her delivery in 1990. The settlement …
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During the second week of trial, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko settled a Missouri medical negligence case for $2.5 million*. The case was different from a classic birth injury case in that the allegations of negligence revolved around failures of the obstetrician to …
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Following a five day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko won a $2.3 million verdict on behalf of a man and woman who lost their son as a result of brain damage suffered during labor and delivery. Although …
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After selecting a jury in Delaware County, Pa, attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Peter M. Newman negotiated a $2.3 million settlement for a five-year-old girl who sustained severe neurologic injuries caused by the failure of the defendant physicians to diagnose and treat twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (“TTTS”). …
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Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a settlement* of $1.6 million on behalf of a child with cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice at a major Texas teaching hospital. Like many other states, Texas has recently enacted tort reform laws designed …
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In February 2010, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $1.9 million settlement of a brain-damaged baby case in Trenton, NJ. The mother had come into the hospital with a placental abruption, and Feldman Shepherd attorneys Weinstock and Chopko argued that the on-call …
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