$1.25 Million Settlement for Erb’s Palsy
In this case, the injured baby’s mother claimed that the delivering physician failed to take measures to prevent severe injury. Instead, when the baby wouldn’t arrive, the doctor applied excessive traction and twisted the baby’s head, which damaged the nerves leading from the spinal cord to the baby’s arm. Nerve graft surgery, using a nerve from the baby’s leg to repair the damaged nerves, resulted in partial, although limited, recovery of function. The settlement is expected to pay the child millions over the course of his life.