$2.4 million verdict plus interest for Erbs palsy due to excessive traction at birth

A Rockingham County jury awarded $2.4 million to a 6-year-old boy who lost significant use of his right arm and shoulder due to excessive traction by the obstetrician at the time of his birth. The boy suffers from Erbs palsy, a permanent nerve injury to the brachial plexus, which makes him unable to raise his arm above his shoulder. The award included more than $1 million for loss of earning capacity, based on future limitations of his career choices resulting from his physical limitations.