$2.7 million verdict plus interest for arm injury due to excessive traction at birth

A Manchester jury returned a verdict of $2.7 million against a local obstetrician who was found to have caused a permanent arm injury during a delivery. When the infant’s shoulder became impacted and failed to deliver, the obstetrician used excessive force to pull the shoulder free, damaging nerves that control the arm and hand. The boy, who was five at the time of trial, was unable to rotate his wrist, and had poor fine motor control of the affected hand, making him unable to manipulate small objects. The limited motion of the arm also affected his balance, causing frequent falls.