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Jury: Obstetrician must pay $3.5M for child’s birth injury Medical Malpractice – Childbirth- New York

A Staten Island-based obstetrician who was alleged to have mismanaged the delivery of a baby must pay $3.5 million to the child’s mother, a jury found. The suit was filed on behalf of Minor Plaintiff, who suffers partial paralysis of her left arm as a result of nerve damage that occurred during her birth, on July 5, 2007. Plaintiff’s mother claimed that the damage was a result of excessive traction that the delivering doctor applied to relieve a dystocia–an impacted shoulder. Defendant Doctor denied using excessive force and contended that the application of gentle traction is an acceptable means of relieving a dystocia. The jury found that Defendant did not act properly. An assisting obstetrician was found not liable.

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