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This summer, a Maryland jury awarded $20.9 million in a case involving a negligently handled shoulder dystocia during labor and delivery.  In this case of obstetrical malpractice, a six year old boy had suffered permanent paralysis in his left arm when the obsterician pulled on his head during delivery.  The young boy's arm is now described as smaller than his other arm and severely lacking in functionality.  The case is Arnett et al. v. Vinayakom et al., Case #CAL10-02954, PG County Circuit Court, Maryland, as reported in Maryland Lawyer, June 18, 2012.

A Maryland jury has awarded $55 million to a local couple in a medical malpractice lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital for events surrounding the birth of their son. According to the lawsuit, the woman was rushed to the hospital for an emergency Caesarean section, but was then forced to wait two hours to have the procedure. The couple's son was born with severe physical and mental disorders as a result of loss of oxygen during that two hour period, the suit contended.  Yvonne Wenger and Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun  06/26/2012
A Philadelphia jury has awarded $78.5 million to a local woman whose child suffers from cerebral palsy due to "faulty diagnostic procedures" at the hospital in which he was born. In 2008, the woman went to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with pregnancy complications. Hospital staff waited 81 minutes to deliver her baby, but the suit contended if they had acted when she first arrived, the child would have been fine.  Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer  05/06/2012


A jury awarded a San Luis Obispo couple more than $74 million against a doctor Friday on behalf of their baby daughter — finding that the physician was negligent in the delivery of the baby girl who developed cerebral palsy.  After two days of deliberation, a jury of eight women and four men found that Dr. Kurt Haupt was responsible for a botched delivery on April 19, 2009, at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.  San Luis Obispo Tribune.

A $7.8 billion agreement with BP has received preliminary approval to settle a class-action suit which would resolve more than 100,000 individual and business claims derived from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement covers economic, property and medical claims, but not ones from the U.S. government or Gulf Coast states. A fairness hearing to address objections is set for Nov. 8., Reuters  05/02/2012
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