Personal Injury Lawyer Wins $22.5M Medical Malpractice Settlement for Family of a 6-Week-Old Baby Who Suffered Permanent Brain Damage Due to Oxygen Deprivation During Surgery

May 19th, 2019

Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


A Wisconsin family has reached a $22.5 million medical malpractice damage settlement after their 6-week-old son suffered brain damage following surgery to correct a birth defect involving his spinal cord.

The boy’s parents, Ramasurreddy and Neeraja Mallidi, of Fitchburg, Wisc., had taken their infant son to the University Of Wisconsin Health System’s American Family Children’s Hospital to correct a tethered spinal cord, in which the boy’s spinal cord was stuck to surrounding tissue, according to an April 25 story in the Wisconsin State Journal.  

The surgery corrected the birth defect, but the child, Venkatasathvik Mallidi, who is now three years old, suffered permanent brain damage due to problems with the anesthesia administered during the surgery by a hospital resident, the story reported. The anesthesia issues resulted in oxygen deprivation during the procedure.

The family sued the hospital and the resident, Dr. Michael Chalifoux, who was completing his last year of residency in anesthesia at the time, alleging that Chalifoux “failed to react appropriately to prolonged low blood pressure readings” for the patient, the story states. The suit was filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

The child is blind, can’t walk or speak and will likely function permanently at the level of a 2-year-old due to his injuries, according to the family’s attorney.

The settlement is being paid by Wisconsin’s Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, the story states. The state oversees the fund, which covers malpractice payments of more than $1 million for all doctors in Wisconsin.

Most of the $22.5 million is being placed into two accounts for the child’s long-term care, with nearly $1.9 million going to his parents and $4.5 million to the family’s attorneys.

Legal cases like this one occur around the nation every day and are examples of similar kinds of medical malpractice or personal injury cases that MyPhillyLawyer attorneys regularly work on tirelessly for our own clients. Often, we are not able to discuss the cases we are actively working on due to confidentiality requirements, so we discuss other relevant cases in the news such as this one to illustrate the legal situations people find themselves in every day.

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