A baby injured during childbirth has recovered against the obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) who performed the delivery. The delivery was done at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY. As soon as the baby was delivered, it was apparent that she was suffering from weakness in her right arm. The condition turned out to be Erb’s palsy, which is a mild paralysis of the affected area. The mother claimed that the baby’s delivery was complicated by dystocia, a potentially fatal condition that happens when the mother’s pubic bone entraps one of the baby’s shoulders, and that the OB/GYN should have (but did not) detected the condition. If the condition had been detected, it could have been relieved by performing what is known as a McRoberts maneuver, or by the application of what is known as suprapubic pressure. Instead, the OB/GYN exerted too much force in trying to deliver the baby, and this excessive downward pulling caused an injury to the baby’s brachial plexus (an area of nerves that go to the arm and shoulder). In addition, the mother claimed that she suffered from gestational diabetes and other conditions, and that these conditions were known causes of dystocia and having a big baby, all of which should have led the OB/GYN to perform a Caesarean Section that would have prevented any injury to the baby. At present, the baby still suffers from Erb’s palsy in her right arm, has a 25% loss of her right arm’s ability to go into a supine (flat) position, and suffers what is know as a permanent residual alteration of the posture of the arm. A judge found that the delivery deviated from the accepted medical standard, and awarded the baby $800,000 for her past pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has had a baby who suffered an injury during an injury, you need a New York medical malpractice lawyer. We at Bilkis & Associates can assist you in evaluating your case and with the difficult choices that need to be made so as to get you compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and all other damages that you are entitled to under the law. Bilkis & Associates has offices in Suffolk County and Nassau County, and in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. For a free consultation with a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer, call us at 1-800-NYNY-LAW (1-800-696-9529).
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