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Doctor’s failure to perform sonogram leads to birth trauma and permanent paralysis of baby’s left arm

Levin & Perconti has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Chicago, Illinois alleging the negligent delivery of a baby. The lawsuit alleges that during the birth, the doctors failed to perform a sonogram which would have revealed that the baby was macrosomic, or of higher fetal weight than anticipated. As a result, the doctors failed to recommend a Caesarean section delivery which would have been appropriate given the mother’s pre-existing history of gestational diabetes and the baby’s size.

Instead, the baby developed a condition called shoulder dystocia which results when one or both of the shoulders do not properly enter the pelvis during delivery. The baby suffered injury to her left brachial plexus during the delivery process, resulting in her having Erb’s palsy and left arm paralysis. The doctors failed to utilize appropriate disimpaction maneuvers which would have freed the trapped shoulder.