With passion and perseverance, Charles Hehmeyer knows how to make a significant difference in medical negligence cases. Through his focus on representing malpractice victims, 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 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 helped facilitate important improvements in newborn care. 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 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 is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Washington State and has represented clients in medical negligence cases in the following other states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, California, Arizona, and Colorado.
- Birth Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Newborn Metabolic Disorders
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- Ohio State, 1982
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1986
$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.
Eight Figure Combined Settlement for Child with Metabolic Disorder
When a Georgia boy was born, his pediatricians failed to detect that he suffered from maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), a metabolic disorder which prevented him from being able to metabolize certain types of protein. When the boy became ill, his parents brought him to the well-respected local hospital. During a protracted stay, the hospital failed to recognize that Trevor was displaying classic symptoms of MSUD and failed to provide the appropriate therapy, resulting in permanent neurological damage. Because of Chuck Hehmeyer’s national reputation for helping children with metabolic disorders, the family sought his assistance. Mr. Hehmeyer documented the proper diagnosis, established that the proper treatment would have prevented any injury, and demonstrated through compelling video presentation the devastating effects of the medical errors. Prior to trial, the hospital settled the claims against it, and the case went to trial against the pediatrician. The jury rendered a verdict in the boy’s favor. The pediatrician then settled, yielding a total confidential recovery exceeding ten million dollars.
$8,000,000 Settlement for Failure to Follow Rare-Disease Emergency Protocol
Chuck Hehmeyer has represented several families whose children were injured as the result of doctors failing to follow an emergency protocol presented by parents in a hospital emergency department. In this case, parents in Maine brought their daughter, who has a treatable metabolic disorder, to a hospital and provided the nurse and doctor with a protocol stating that their daughter required IV glucose when she decompensated. The protocol was ignored, and the child did not receive glucose. As a result, their daughter suffered a cardiac arrest and a severe brain injury, leaving her dependent on others for most of her needs. The case resulted in the largest medical malpractice settlement ever in Maine.
$7 million Settlement for Failure to Provide Glucose to a Boy with a Mitochondrial Disorder
Because of Chuck Hehmeyer’s national reputation as an advocate for children with rare diseases, an Arizona family asked Chuck to investigate why their baby suffered brain damage at an emergency room. Chuck learned that the child had a previously undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder. The ER should have performed a glucose check when the child arrived unresponsive, but the ER staff failed to do so. This delay in providing glucose resulted in the boy suffering brain damage.
$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.