Cook County (III) Circuit Court
At 36.5 weeks, a woman was admitted for labor induction. Delivery of the head was followed by shoulder dystocia. The infant was born with a severe left brachial plexus injury and left torticollis. Despite 4 reparative surgeries, the left arm and hand have little useful function.
In suing, the woman asserted the physician used inappropriate and excessive force to complete the delivery, a claim the defense denied.
- The hospital settled for $400,000 before the case went to trial. The jury returned a defense verdict.