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9-year-old awarded $3 million for birth injury

Arizona women who are getting ready to give birth may be interested to learn that a jury awarded $3 million to a child who was injured during the delivery process. According to the lawsuit, an obstetrician forcefully pulled an infant out by his head, causing permanent nerve damage to the right arm.

The lawsuit was filed in 2014 and accused a Delaware obstetrician of causing the damage while attempting to dislodge the infant's shoulder, which had become stuck in the birth canal during the delivery of the child in 2008. However, this caused the infant to suffer damage to the right shoulder, leaving that arm permanently paralyzed. The injury was diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist three months later. It was claimed in the lawsuit that the obstetrician did not disclose the potential risks to the mother.

It was noted that the results of this lawsuit is not likely to cause the obstetrician to lose his license. Further, babies that suffer birth injuries are likely to receive higher awards due to the fact that they will have to live with the impairment for the rest of their lives.

When a newborn suffers a birth injury, there is a chance that the damage could be permanent. Because these injuries can be life-altering and may even require long-term care, the infant's parents or other family members may file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who caused the injury. A medical malpractice attorney could utilize the opinions of medical experts to back up the allegations when seeking an appropriate amount in compensation for the injured infant, which could include the estimated costs of future treatment that will be needed.

Source: USA Today, "Doctor ordered to pay $3 million in birth injury case", Margie Fishman, Sept. 28, 2017

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