A medical malpractice plaintiff has recently won a medical malpractice case who suffered a birth injury in 2009. Legal representatives worked closely with the client’s parents, who filed the lawsuit on his behalf, through a hard-fought legal battle that included the review of an appellate court. In the end, the jury found that the plaintiff should be awarded a total of $1,750,000 for past and future pain and suffering; Wisconsin legal statutes capped the ultimate recovery at $135,000 for medical expenses and another $750,000 for pain and suffering.
Details of the Case
The client’s mother was in the delivery room in May of 2009 and being attended to by hospital staff. After her child’s head appeared, it retracted at once, which is indicative of shoulder dystocia, or that at least one of the child’s shoulders was stuck in the birth canal. The defendant doctor seems to have recognized that shoulder dystocia had trapped the infant and attempted to remove the baby. By the time the infant had been delivered, his shoulder that had become stuck was clearly damaged and his entire left arm would be stunted in the years to come; it would later be identified as permanent brachial plexus injury, which is caused by damaged nerves at birth.
The plaintiff’s legal representatives relied on an obstetrical expert witness to weigh in on whether or not the right medical procedures were followed at the time of the client’s delivery. This expert witness did believe that the doctor’s standard of care fell unreasonably below what is to be considered acceptable in a complicated delivery. The defense opted to try to render this expert testimony inadmissible due to special legal statutes in Wisconsin that require such testimonies be based on “sufficient facts or data”.
Understanding that the expert witness represented a cornerstone of the plaintiff’s argument, legal counselors fought to keep the testimony in admissible evidence. The circuit court and the court of appeals would each later conclude that the doctor’s testimony was admissible and contributed importantly to the case. In the end, after arguing a negligent standard of care was used when delivering the newborn, the jury agreed and awarded the plaintiff considerably.
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Dr. Michael M. Wilson is an attorney and a physician who earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his legal and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has focused in the area of medical malpractice for more than three decades and secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.