$1.5 million verdict plus interest for Erbs palsy due to excessive traction at birth

A Suffolk Country jury returned a $1.5 million verdict, including interest, to compensate three-year-old girl who suffered a serious arm injury during her birth. The girl, who weighed more than ten pounds at birth, became stuck as she proceeded down the birth canal. Instead of delivering the infant by Cesarean section, the obstetricians administered a drug to force labor, and then completed the delivery with traction on the baby’s head. The result was a permanent brachial plexus injury, which limited the girl’s ability to use her arm, and caused the arm to be cosmetically deformed.