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Medical Verdicts


Shoulder dystocia results in brachial plexus injury

July 2003 · Vol. 15, No. 7

<court>Broward County (Fla) Circuit Court</court>

A woman at 40 weeks’ gestation presented to a hospital for labor and delivery. During delivery, the obstetrician encountered shoulder dystocia.

The child was born with a left brachial plexus injury that resulted in reduced function of his arm. Several surgeries were required to correct the injury.

In suing, the mother claimed that the doctor placed excessive lateral pressure on the infant’s head during delivery.

The doctor argued that he had used appropriate delivery procedures under the circumstances.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $1,341,500.

The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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