$56 Million Birth Injury Verdict Will Be Appealed

Officials at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York have decided to appeal last year’s $56 million verdict stemming from a shoulder dystocia lawsuit. The jury agreed with the parents of an infant whose shoulder became stuck against his mother’s pelvis during delivery. The jury found that the medical staff failed to rectify the situation in a timely manner. Their failure to act led to the child being born with brain damage, nerve damage, internal bleeding, and multiple bruises. Seven years after the botched birth, the child continues to suffer from neurological deficits, aspiration pneumonitis, and impaired speech.

If a child becomes stuck in the birth canal during shoulder dystocia, there’s a potential the child will suffer oxygen deprivation that can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and other disorders, including developmental problems. Birth canal injuries can have severe and permanently debilitating effects.
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