Jury Awards Mother $4 Million in Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $4,000,000 to a mother after a botched delivery. According to court records, “Erin McCarthy went into labor in August 2009 with her daughter Chloe. Her labor stalled for nearly eight hours but her doctor, Dr. Garry C. Karounos, continued with a vaginal delivery, according to the lawsuit. After McCarthy became too tired to continue pushing, Karounos used forceps to deliver Chloe, who was deprived of oxygen for three and one-half minutes when the baby’s shoulder got caught on her mother’s pelvis.” During the trial, the jury heard testimony that the doctor should have performed a cesarean section after an ultrasound administered four days before delivery revealed the fetus weighed 10 pounds. As a result of the birth injuries, the child was born with cerebral palsy.