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Doctor Held Liable for $900,000 in Damages After a Baby Suffers a Serious Birth Injury


In July 2015, a three-judge panel confirmed a case of delivery room negligence, which held one doctor liable for about $900,000 in damages. At the conclusion of the case, the panel ruled that the doctor breached the standard of care by providing inadequate prenatal and delivery services.

Sadly, the infant suffered permanent damage in the form of a branchial plexus injury when the doctor resorted to a vacuum-assisted birthing process. Unfortunately, this process caused serious injury to the baby’s left arm.

Research states that the doctor should have never ordered a vacuum-assisted birth due to the mother’s health condition. Had the doctor performed a three-hour glucose test, he would have seen that the mother suffered from gestational diabetes which would make a vacuum-assisted birth improper. Additionally, the doctor failed to perform an ultrasound which would have provided him an adequate estimate of the baby’s weight before performing delivery. Many state that a caesarian section would have been the best option in this case.

What is a Branchial Plexus Injury?

A branchial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from a person’s spine to the shoulders, arms, and hands. Injuries to this part of the body can occur when the nerves are stretched or compressed. In most serious cases, these types of injuries lead to partial paralysis and can result in total loss of function and sensation.

The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates Cares About You and Your Family

The Washington D.C. birth injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates understand how difficult it can be to raise a child that has suffered birth injuries. That is why we are here. Our firm in committed to representing those who have been wrongly injured. We focus on creating effective strategies to help our clients recover maximum compensation for any medical expenses, physical pains, lost wages, or emotional distresses you may suffer as a result.

If your baby has been harmed during the birth process, contact the Washington D.C. birth injury lawyers from The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates today!

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