With passion and perseverance, Charles Hehmeyer knows how to make a significant difference in medical negligence cases. Through his focus on representing malpractice victims, particularly children, Mr. Hehmeyer is a respected leader in this field, often serving as lead counsel for major cases throughout the United States.
An unyielding champion of children suffering from medical negligence, Mr. Hehmeyer has secured many seven and eight-figure settlements in birth injury and other cases where the children were severely injured by substandard hospital or physician treatment. The relief helps children receive the best treatment and care for the rest of their lives and gives families peace of mind.
As the only lawyer who regularly represents families nationwide who have a child with a metabolic disorder or inborn error of metabolism, he has helped facilitate important improvements in newborn care. His persistence in working to change hospital screening practices has made a resounding impact. One month after Mr. Hehmeyer filed suit against a Philadelphia-area hospital for failing to screen a newborn child who had a treatable metabolic disorder, the hospital announced it would change its practices. That led all Philadelphia hospitals to follow suit and change their policies to include this screening. A case filed by Mr. Hehmeyer and co-counsel in San Francisco resulted in a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal that helped change newborn screening practices in California.
Mr. Hehmeyer devotes fifty percent of his practice to representing victims of medical malpractice in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania – he has represented clients whose care involved virtually every medical specialty, including pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, surgery, cardiology, oncology, and ophthalmology. Mr. Hehmeyer also maintains a national practice, representing children who have suffered birth injuries or mistreatment of rare or complex medical conditions.
Having focused on cases involving medical malpractice for almost thirty years, Mr. Hehmeyer has earned the respect of the finest medical experts across America. Mr. Hehmeyer strongly believes that lawsuits should only be brought if they have merit; he certainly will not sue doctors frivolously. No case is instituted unless multiple highly-qualified physicians support the matter fully.
Mr. Hehmeyer has represented clients in medical negligence cases in the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, California, Arizona, and Colorado.
$14,000,000 Settlement for Pediatric Malpractice
When an honors student died mysteriously in the hospital after months of inpatient treatment for gastrointestinal symptoms, her parents turned to Chuck Hehmeyer to find out why. Tragically, her physicians had made the wrong initial diagnosis and then performed the wrong type of surgery. Ignoring the signs of her deteriorating condition which should have alerted them, her doctors never reexamined their diagnosis while she slowly and painfully wasted away until she died. As part of the settlement, the hospital instituted new patient safety procedures to help ensure that this never happened to another child.
$7 million Settlement for Child Whose Neurological Disorder Was Misdiagnosed
A boy was admitted to a large children's hospital and was misdiagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, despite many symptoms being inconsistent with the diagnosis. The child therefore did not receive treatment for the disease he actually had, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which could have been cured if he was promptly treated. This misdiagnosis has left the teenager confined to a wheelchair. Chuck Hehmeyer, working with Roy DeCaro, investigated the hospital’s treatment and, using a powerful video settlement brochure, negotiated a $7 million settlement that will address all of the boy’s life care and educational needs.
$5.5 million Settlement for Child Who Was Not Properly Screened for Metabolic Disorders — After a California family found out their son was injured by the delayed diagnosis of his metabolic disorder, they asked Chuck Hehmeyer to use his expertise in this field to review his care. Chuck discovered that the hospital had been participating in a state pilot program to provide supplemental metabolic screening to all newborns, but had failed to offer the test to this family. The hospital argued that it was not obligated to provide the screening because it was a "pilot" program, despite knowing that the inexpensive screening could have detected the child’s disorder and, with prompt diet changes, prevented a lifetime of disability. As Chuck has done in a number of states, he convinced the hospital that, even when there is not a state mandate, good medical care mandates screening all children for metabolic disorders.