Birth Injury Malpractice Case Yields $130 Million Jury Verdict

In what may be the largest birth injury malpractice jury verdict in Michigan, an Oakland County jury returned a $130 million damages verdict in favor of the family of a 15-year-old girl injured at birth. The jury found that Dr. Andrew Halperin and Beaumont Hospital were negligent in not opting for a cesarean section due to the baby’s size.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “the award represents the cost of caring for Markell around-the-clock through 2077 and her lost wages. The money will be stored with a court-appointed conservator.
In the original complaint, filed by attorney Douglas Raymond of Lafayette, Colo., Halperin and Beaumont were accused of not realizing that Markell’s size warranted a C-section and failing to prevent injury to the baby.”