Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton September 2019

September 2019

The Burke Family JourneywithHareWynn

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acklyn Burke will never forget what transpired on Aug. 31, 2010, the day she gave birth to her son Noah. She remembers the difficulty with her labor, the prolonged absence of her doctor from the delivery room, an intuitive sense of something being horribly wrong, and the few precious minutes she had with him after his birth, while holding his tiny hand, before he was airlifted by helicopter to another hospital better equipped to save his life. Nor will Jacklyn ever forget the one haunting question that no one had an answer to, which was, “What happened to my baby?” The shock, fear, confusion, and heartbreak she experienced was immense when she finally learned — after weeks

had passed — that Noah was suffering from

hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy, and he would be a quadriplegic. This also meant Noah would need continual care and costly medical attention for the

remainder of his life. Jacklyn not only needed someone who would be able to find out who was responsible for Noah’s condition and hold them accountable, but she also needed someone to help her and her husband find a way to provide for their son while facing the daunting obstacles that lay before them. A family member referred Jacklyn to Hare Wynn because it is known as the leading medical malpractice law firm in the area. After contacting the firm, she met with Shay Samples and Ashley Peinhardt, who would be the attorneys handling her case. When Jacklyn first met with Shay and recounted Noah’s story, he told her that he believed there had been medical negligence and that he was going to take their case. In her words, “My first impression of Shay was that he was a very kind, compassionate, and discerning man. He made me feel like he really cared about all of us as a family and how we were all impacted by what had happened.” Hare Wynn filed suit against the nurses and the medical center where they worked. A confidential settlement was reached with the nurses and medical center. Jacklyn says, “The settlement took about four years. Hare Wynn always kept me updated and let me know what was happening.” Jacklyn goes on to say that they went to great lengths to accommodate her schedule when she needed to see them in person. Jacklyn explains, “They were very mindful of making things as easy on us as possible, and this made a really hard process a lot easier. They were so wonderful to us, and they still are.”

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