$3.27 Million Jury Award for Traumatic Birth Injury
R. v Northwestern Medical
We represented a mother whose newborn suffered a severe stretch injury to the right side brachial plexus nerves (which resulted in permanent strength and range of motion deficits in his right arm) during his vaginal delivery after shoulder dystocia was encountered. During the delivery, the defendants failed to properly assess the birth risk for a baby weighing more than 11 pounds, did not recommend a C-section despite a protracted second stage of labor, and employed excessive lateral traction during the delivery. We demonstrated these failures in the standard of care and tried the case to a jury verdict of $3.27 million in Cook County Circuit Court.