$625,000 Recovery for Mismanaged Shoulder Dystocia / Erb’s Palsy

Blume Goldfaden partner Michael Zerres represented a four-year-old boy whose brachial plexus injury was caused by the negligence of a resident physician at a Hudson County hospital who failed to recognize that there was a “shoulder dystocia” and who delivered him without using appropriate maneuvers. The injury to the brachial plexus nerves controlling shoulder, arm, wrist and finger function resulted in a permanent Erb’s Palsy, required surgery to repair a neuroma, which improved the boy’s level of functioning, but has still left him with limitations and deficits in his left arm.