After deliberating for less then an hour a Virginia Beach Circuit Court jury returned a verdict of just under $2 million against a physician at Chesapeake General Hospital. The plaintiff alleged that the obstetrician mismanaged the baby's shoulder dystocia by applying excessive traction to the baby's head resulting in Erb's palsy. The child suffered serious injuries including avulsion of nerve roots at one level and ruptured nerve roots at multiple other levels.
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This touching video was made by Allison Steigerwalt - Mom to Bradley. The message she wants to convey is that “this injury CAN be prevented” with proper medical care. Although treatment, including surgery can mitigate the damage caused by shoulder dystocia, often, Erb’s palsy is a life long condition. This injury can be prevented through education, so please share your knowledge of shoulder dystocia and Erb’s palsy with expecting mothers to ensure they discuss the potential risk factors with their doctors, as the doctors often overlook them which leads to the injury.