Jury Finds Excessive Traction Caused Permanent Spinal Injury

Jury Finds Excessive Traction Caused Permanent Spinal Injury

Recently a jury awarded $40 million to the family of a young girl who suffered a severe birth injury. When birth injuries occur, the results can be catastrophic leading to the need for life long care and therapy.

In this instance, the girl suffered a spinal cord injury during birth. The family asserted that when the mother was admitted for delivery of her twins, both babies appeared healthy. According to the family, the babies were supposed to be delivered via cesarean section. However, the attending physician attempted to deliver vaginally. The first twin was delivered successfully, however the second was in breech position with feet first.

The lawsuit asserted that the child should have been delivered via c-section. The obstetrician continued to delivery vaginally, and applied excessive traction, the lawsuit asserted, leading to the spinal cord injury. The child is permanently paralyzed from the mid-chest down. As a result, she will be unable to walk, and confined to a wheel chair for the rest of her life.

A portion of the award goes toward past and future pain and suffering, with 30 million set aside for future economic damages.

When doctors make errors at birth, the result can be catastrophic leading to a lifetime of expenses including medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and personal care. For more information or if you child sustained harm at birth, please contact our compassionate and experienced San Diego birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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