$660,000 Settlement for Brachial Plexus Injury During Birth / Erb’s Palsy
- Date: Fall 2013
- Attorney: David M. Fried
- Settlement: $660,000
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Labor & Delivery Malpractice, Shoulder Dystocia, Brachial Plexus Injury, Erb’s Palsy, Birth Injury
Mr. Fried represented a child whose arm was injured during birth when her shoulder became impacted behind her mother’s pubic bone (shoulder dystocia). There was evidence that the doctor exerted excess force on the baby in order to free the stuck shoulder, which is not an appropriate maneuver to do when this situation occurs. As a result of this negligence, the doctor caused a Brachial Plexus nerve injury. Those nerves control arm, shoulder, wrist and hand movement. David’s client underwent orthopedic surgery to treat the loss of arm function, but remained with a partial loss of function/use of the upper extremity.