This site is sponsored by Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Call us toll-free to discuss your case: (888) 424-5757

Birth Injury Lawsuit Leads to $1.3M Settlement

On July 20th, a jury awarded the Ascher family of Cedar Falls, Iowa $1.314 million for birth injuries their daughter sustained during a poorly performed delivery.

Excessive force put upon child’s shoulder during delivery

The Asher family claims that while delivering the baby in 2006, Dr. Anthony Onuigbo of OB-GYN Specialists, the on-call OBGYN, should have recognized the baby’s shoulder was stuck.  Instead of recognizing the problem and recommending a caesarian section or freeing the shoulder, Onuigbo went ahead with the delivery, using “excessive traction” to free the child.  Moments after birth, injuries to the left arm become apparent.

As a result of this bungled delivery, the girl has permanent injuries to the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves that start in the spinal cord and control movements in the shoulder, arm, and hand.  These injuries are most common after playing sports, or during childbirth.  They often leave the arm without any function at all.  In the Asher family case, their daughter has limited use of her left arm.

Breaking down the damages related to the damaged arm

The birth injury trial ended in a large settlement which was totaled at $1.317 million, covering $550,000 for loss of future earnings, $380,000 for loss of full mind and body; $258,000 for pain and suffering, and $63,000 for each parent for loss of childhood consortium.

Article Tags

athetoid cerebral palsy, birth injury lawsuit, birth injury lawsuits, cerebral palsy cases, cerebral palsy lawsuit, cerebral palsy lawyer, cerebral palsy settlement, compressed umbilical cord, emergency c section, fetal distress, fetal heart rate, fetal hypoxia, fetal monitoring, hearing problems, hyperbilirubinemia, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, incontinence, jaundice, lack of oxygen at birth, low apgar score, medical expenses for cerebral palsy, medical malpractice lawyer, medical negligence, meningitis, mixed cerebral palsy, occupational therapy, oxygen deprivation at birth, pain and suffering, pediatric neurologist, physical therapy, placental abruption, premature babies, premature birth, recreational therapy, risk factors for cerebral palsy, seizures, severe cerebral palsy, signs of cerebral palsy, speech therapy, standard of care, stiff muscles, surgery for cerebral palsy, symptoms of cerebral palsy, umbilical cord prolapse, vision problems