Marion County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas
Following shoulder dystocia, an infant was born with brachial plexus injury, which resulted in partial paralysis of her right arm.
In suing, the plaintiff—who was 15 years old at trial—claimed that the physician applied excessive downward traction at the time of the dystocia.
The physician countered that the injury was caused in utero and during delivery due to uterine contractions, expulsive forces of labor, and normal traction.
- The jury awarded the plaintiff $900,000.