A Cook County jury awarded more than $50 million to the family of a child who sustained a “severe and permanent” brain injury due to a lack of oxygen to his organs when he was born, and ultimately sustained brain damage known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

The parents sued North Shore University Health System and its medical staff alleging the doctors and nurses failed to recognize signs of fetal distress shown on a fetal strip and contended the mother’s doctor should not have prescribed Pitocin because it put additional stress on the baby in the womb.

The child developed cerebral palsy, decreased motor skills, bilateral hearing loss and difficulty walking.

The plaintiff’s attorney Patrick Salvi, says the settlement documentary produced by Evidence Video was persuasive.

“The lawyer interview portion as part of a documentary style settlement demand package allows the plaintiff’s lawyer to personally describe to the defendants and their insurance carrier what the lawyer intends on proving at trial and the amount of damages that will be requested of the jury,” said Salvi. “In my opinion, it’s much more persuasive than simply putting it in written form in a typical demand letter.”

The plaintiff’s law firm was: Attorneys Patrick Salvi II, Matthew L. Williams, Brian l. Salvi and Heidi L. Wickstrom, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.