ST. LOUIS – A minor child and his mother are seeking damages from a physician and two medical facilities after the child suffered a brain injury during delivery.
Benjamen Jensen, a minor, by and through his natural mother and next friend, Micah Jensen, filed a complaint on Aug. 29 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Washington University and Dr. Katherine Bligard alleging medical negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Jan. 1, 2017, Micah Jensen was admitted at 34 weeks pregnant with pre-eclampsia at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The suit states Benjamen Jensen was born with a heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute and was limp with bradycardia. The suit states the minor plaintiff was transferred to St. Louis Children's Hospital NICU and diagnosed with acute hypoxia and encephalopathy.
The plaintiffs hold Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Washington University and Bligard responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly perform delivery, failed to perform a cesarean section delivery during labor and failed to prepare for potential complications.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant in an amount greater than $25,000, plus costs. They are represented by Anne Brockland and Mary Simon Timmerman of The Simon Law Firm PC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11112