Norfolk VA Jury Returns $2.3 Million Jury Verdict for Birth Injury Victim

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Attorney James C. Lewis of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton represented the parents of a child who suffered permanent nerve damage and arm injuries after a midwife provided negligent care during the birth process. The Norfolk, VA jury returned a 2.3 Million Dollar verdict after five days of trial, and Mr. Lewis also secured $60,000 in special damages for the child's mother.

Jim Lewis of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton attained a $2.3 million jury verdict for a child in Norfolk, Virginia (VA) who suffered nerve damage and permanent arm injuries after a midwife negligently pulled the child's head and arms to combat what is called shoulder dystocia during birth. The midwife was hired by the obstetrician/gynecologist of the mother.

A jury determined the midwife's negligent care was the cause of the child's permanent nerve damage and arm injury.

The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning the $2.3 million verdict. The jury also awarded $60,000 in special damages to the mother for reimbursement of medical expenses.

Jim Lewis fought hard to get as much compensation as possible since his client's life will be changed forever due to the injury. Just think, this child may never be able to play sports, ride a bike, or even get dressed normally without the assistance of another person or special training because of the negligent care provided at birth.

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Tags: medical malpractice, medical negligence, shoulder, dystocia, nerve damage, arm injury, injuries, child, birth, injury, verdict, damages, medical, expenses

Court Case Was Handled In: Norfolk Circuit Court

Case Number: CL09-6555


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