Mother sues over fatal response to traumatic birth of son

Dan Harkins Jun. 27, 2015, 5:25pm

A mother is suing over the death of her infant son, who was delivered via surgery a day after she went to the emergency room with a fever.

Marina Bershadsky, as mother and administrator of the estate of Alan Bershadsky, filed a complaint June 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against Northshore University Healthsystem, doing business as Evanston Hospital, Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston Hospital, Northshore Physician Associates Inc., Midwest Center for Women's Healthcare, and Drs. Abida Hasan Marcha A. Krause and Andrea Rae Loberg.

The deceased was delivered via emergency caesarean section on June 28, 2013, the lawsuit states, after his mother Marina went to the emergency room the day prior suffering from a fever, chills and body aches.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants are cited with carelessness or negligence in failing to timely diagnose Marina's chorioamnionitis and administer antibiotics to treat it; recognize that she had tested positive for Group B Streptococcal; respond to her category two tracings; contact her attending doctor about her infection; perform the caesarean section in a timely fashion; monitor fetal hearting tracings and recognize fetal distress; and treat that fetal distress.

As a result, Alan suffered severe hypoxic ischemic brain injury and bacteremia, which allegedly led to his death on July 13, 2013.

The plaintiff, citing negligence and wrongful death, seeks damages in excess of $500,000, plus costs. The plaintiff is represented by Steven M. Levin and Jaime A. Koziol of Levin and Perconti in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006557.

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