A jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, awarded $22.6 million in a medical malpractice case against a doctor and her medical group surrounding the birth of Cassie Grown, now 11, who is a spastic quadriplegic.
The child’s mother, experiencing her first pregnancy, had a narrow pelvis arch, and approximately 2 weeks before she gave birth, doctors realized that the child was going to be big, and the plaintiff’s attorneys alleged that they should have realized that the child was not going to fit through the mother’s birth canal. The mother was in labor for more than 13 hours, during which she was being given drugs to make the uterus contract, which the mother and her attorneys alleged caused brain damage to Cassie.
Cassie has limited use of her limbs, and has to use a walker. She has vision problems and difficulty using her hands.
Birth injuries are often subtle, and on many occaions are not discovered until years after a child is born.