Obtained a settlement for a three-year-old child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury during her birth. When labor stalled, the obstetrician made repeated attempts at a vacuum delivery. When these attempts failed, instead of ordering an immediate C-section, the obstetrician had the exhausted mother continue to push for another 30 minutes. During this time, the baby’s heart rate continued to drop and she was born in distress. An MRI confirmed that she had suffered a hypoxic brain injury which resulted in cerebral palsy, permanent neurological injuries, and developmental delays. This North Dakota case settled at mediation for $5.6 million, an amount that will allow the child’s parents to provide the care this child will require for the rest of her life.
Represented a 51-year-old Minnesota man who was paralyzed from the waist down following surgery for a perforated bowel. The man suffered a prolonged drop in blood pressure after receiving anesthesia, causing a critical lack of blood flow to his spinal cord that resulted in permanent damage and paralysis. After a nine-day trial, the jury found that the anesthesiologist’s negligence had contributed to the man’s injuries. The jury awarded $9.1 million, an amount that will allow him to live more independently and to receive rehabilitation that may eventually allow him to walk again.
Colin was part of the trial team representing a fifty-five year old woman who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a bleeding complication that took place during back surgery. The case against the hospital nursing staff was settled, and the case against the woman’s anesthesia providers proceeded to trial in Hennepin County. After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $6.85 million; the recovery will allow the woman to enjoy high-quality care and be relatively independent for the rest of her life.