Settlement Amount: $2,500,000.00
Settlement Date: 3/1/2011
Description of Case: Mother with multiple risk factors for shoulder dystocia was not informed of potential risks of vaginal delivery and was not offered an elective cesarean. Instead, labor was induced and managed by residents who failed to assure that an attending obstetrician was present for the delivery, notwithstanding a one-hour second stage. A severe shoulder dystocia occurred. Delivery note clearly stated resident’s use of traction followed by 180-degree rotation followed by more traction resulting in permanent bilateral brachial plexus injuries.
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