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The Becker Law Firm

The attorneys of The Becker Law Firm, LPA, have experience with many types of birth injury cases. We are proud to report we have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients who were told by other law firms that they had no case. If you or your child experienced a permanent and serious injury that could have been caused by medical negligence, please contact our office.
  • $90 Million

    Class Action Settlement

    Anthem Insurance Company failed to pay former members of a previous mutual company the full value of their interest. The Becker Law Firm brought a class action suit on behalf of these former members and won a $90 million settlement on their behalf.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $60.7 Million

    Electrocution Injury

    The Becker Law Firm obtained a settlement of $60,700,000.00 for the family of a 16-year-old girl who suffered disabling neurologic injuries and partial limb loss after contact with a down power line. Because of this effort, our deserving client will get the very best care. This is the largest settlement in Ohio history involving physical injuries to an individual plaintiff.
    • Romney Cullers
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  • $25.5 Million

    Birth Injury

    Baby Doe was delivered at ABC Hospital in 1994. Her mother experienced a complication just before delivery that led to oxygen deprivation in Baby Doe. This case had previously been rejected by another prominent Cleveland law firm. At trial, Mr. Becker proved that the hospital failed to follow its own protocol for an obstetrical emergency. Prior to trial, a mock jury was utilized to help focus on the important issues of the case from a lay perspective. During trial, shadow jurors were used to follow the court proceedings. Becker adjusted his presentation during trial to meet the concerns of the shadow jurors as they arose. After two and one-half days of deliberation, the jury awarded $17,000,000.00 to Baby Doe and her parents. Because the hospital failed to make a good faith settlement offer before trial, Becker obtained an additional $8,500,000.00 in prejudgment interest. Baby Doe’s ultimate judgment is one of the largest malpractice medical malpractice verdicts in the history in the State of Ohio.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $14.5 Million

    Cerebral Palsy

    Jones vs. MetroHealth Medical Center involved a pregnant mother with a previous cesarean birth who was admitted to the Metro antepartum unit on 3 occasions around 24-25 weeks gestation for preterm labor. Each time, her labor was successfully stopped with medications and bed rest with minimal cervical changes. At 25 weeks, her baby was viable but extremely vulnerable. She should have been kept in the hospital for as long as possible to prevent any further progress in labor. Instead, she was discharged home. Six days later, her water broke and she went into active labor. Instead of granting the mother’s request for a repeat cesarean, the doctor instead chose to let the mother labor. Four hours later, the baby began showing sides of fetal distress which progressively worsened. Doctors watched the baby’s condition deteriorate for another 3 ½ hours before finally doing an emergency cesarean. The baby was born with a severe brain hemorrhage which resulted in a permanent brain injury, cerebral palsy and cognitive disability.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $11.35 Million

    Birth Injury

    Becker Law Firm attorneys Michael Becker and David Skall obtained a jury verdict for $11.35 million yesterday in Akron, Ohio. The case involved a now 16- year-old boy who suffered a brain injury at the time of birth (specifically a watershed injury). The doctor held liable for causing the boy’s injury is Laura Fortner, M.D., previously of Atrium OB/GYN, Inc.
    • Michael F. Becker
    • David W. Skall
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  • $8.7 Million

    Birth Trauma

    Failure to appropriately manage preeclampsia that was permitted to progress to eclampsia — the eclampsia condition caused a placental abruption and subsequent brain damage to the unborn full-term baby.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $8 Million

    Negligence During Pregnancy

    Action against hospital based on failure to give prophylactic antibiotics resulting in extreme sepsis, hypovolemic shock and brain damage in a newborn.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $6.5 Million

    Asphyxia

    Sara was a full-term fetus and the first child for her parents. She went to the ABC Hospital for the management of her labor which was induced. The obstetrical nurse mismanaged the induction over a 10 to 12 hour time period which resulted in severe asphyxia and permanent brain injury. Sara went on to sustain profound cerebral palsy and severe development delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $4.5 Million

    Birth Injury

    The Plaintiff was born at 27 weeks gestation. The preterm birth was not avoidable. At birth, the on-call obstetrician at the community hospital, while in the process of cutting the umbilical cord, severed the child’s great toe. As a result of the severing of the great toe, the premature child sustained major fluctuations in blood pressure and ultimately developed mild hemiplegia and mild developmental delays. Michael Becker successfully obtained a $4.5 million dollar settlement.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $4.5 Million

    Medical Malpractice

    Isenberg matter: A complex endovascular procedure performed by a surgeon with inadequate training and experience resulting in blood clots to the brain, stroke and paralysis.
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  • $4.25 Million

    Birth Injury

    Victoria was a full-term fetus whose mother, during the intrapartum period, sustained a partial abruption of her placenta. The obstetrical caregivers failed to timely recognize the maternal hemorrhage and intervene to protect Victoria prior to her ultimate delivery. Victoria was born severely anemic and asphyxiated at birth. She developed severe cerebral palsy and profound developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $4.25 Million

    Asphyxia

    Physicians improperly estimated patient’s estimated gestational age. Further, young residents failed to confirm properly whether the patient had experienced premature rupture of membranes and labor before inducing and augmenting labor with pitocin. The patient had an ultrasound that established correct gestational age, but the results of this test were not noted in the patient’s chart. Michael Becker was able to obtain a $4,250,000 dollar settlement as a result.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $4 Million

    Asphyxia

    Casey was a full-term fetus whose mother developed signs and symptoms of uterine rupture that were not timely diagnosed by the obstetrical care providers. Casey ultimately was born with severe birth asphyxia and went on to develop mild cerebral palsy and mild developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $4 Million

    Birth Injury

    This is a full-term fetus whose mother appeared in labor with a fever, a GBS (group beta strep) unknown. The obstetrical caregivers negligently failed to provide intra-partum and immediate post-partum antibiotics to Jennifer who ultimately developed severe meningitis. Jennifer went on to sustain profound cerebral palsy and developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $3.5 Million

    Asphyxia

    Action against community hospital based on obstetrical nurses’ failure to appreciate fetal distress resulting in severe asphyxia and brain damage in a newborn.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $3.14 Million

    Birth Injury

    This was a full-term fetus whose mother appeared at the ABC Hospital with likely signs of chorioamnionitis. Notwithstanding evidence of fetal distress, there was not a timely cesarean section which resulted in severe birth asphyxia to Damien. The child went on to develop severe cerebral palsy and profound developmental delays. The obstetrical care team was sued based on the failure to appreciate the fetal distress and to intervene.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.75 Million

    Birth Injury

    This case involved a 23-year-old woman whose attending obstetrician failed to appreciate severe pre-eclampsia. The plaintiff ultimately went on to sustain eclampsia (seizures) which resulted in her death. Her child survived in a healthy state after emergency cesarean section. The attending obstetrician was sued under failure to timely diagnose pre-eclampsia.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.75 Million

    Birth Injury

    Mom appears at ABC Hospital for the delivery of her second child. Her first child was born in a foreign country and the type of uterine scar was unknown. During labor, mom demonstrated signs and symptoms of a uterine rupture. The obstetrical caregivers were sued based on their negligently failing to appreciate uterine rupture and intervene via emergency cesarean section. Baby Elias has severe cerebral palsy and profound developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.5 Million

    Birth Injury

    Mother with multiple risk factors for shoulder dystocia was not informed of potential risks of vaginal delivery and was not offered an elective cesarean. Instead, labor was induced and managed by residents who failed to assure that an attending obstetrician was present for the delivery, notwithstanding a one-hour second stage. A severe shoulder dystocia occurred. Delivery note clearly stated resident’s use of traction followed by 180-degree rotation followed by more traction resulting in permanent bilateral brachial plexus injuries.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.5 Million

    Birth Injury

    Bilateral shoulder dystocia complication with neurological damage to both arms resulting in a $2.5 million dollar settlement.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.1 Million

    Asphyxia

    Child was a full-term fetus whose mother had gestational diabetes. Plaintiff was in labor over a number of days and ultimately developed severe asphyxia in utero. The obstetrical caregivers were sued for failing to timely appreciate the asphyxia process and to intervene via emergency cesarean section. Child has mild cerebral palsy and moderate developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2.1 Million

    Asphyxia

    Sarah was a full-term fetus who developed acute asphyxia in the last part of her labor. The obstetrical caregivers were sued based on the failure to timely appreciate her fetal distress and to intervene to avoid her birth asphyxia. Sara has moderate cerebral palsy with mild developmental delays.
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $2 Million

    Maternal Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death action against obstetrician and hospital based on a failure to timely diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia in a 29-year-old woman leading to HELLP syndrome and fatal DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy).
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $1.2 Million

    Brachial Plexus Injury

    Failure to properly anticipate and manage shoulder dystocia in mother with multiple risk factors resulting in severe, complete brachial plexus injury (3 avulsions and Horner’s syndrome) requiring multiple surgeries.
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  • $1.04 Million

    Birth Injury

    Birth asphyxia case involving severe neurological compromise of a newborn baby that suddenly died at age 2 1/2 years (during course of litigation).
    • Michael F. Becker
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  • $515,000

    Death of Child or Infant

    Lorna was a near full-term fetus who was born depressed. The obstetrical and neonatal caregivers negligently failed to resuscitate her which caused this child to die at approximately one hour of life.
    • Michael F. Becker
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