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Defense Verdict for an obstetrician and the practice group in a medical malpractice case

October 16, 2015

On September 4, 2015, D. Gary Lovell, Jr. and Lee C. Weatherly obtained a defense verdict for an obstetrician and the practice group in a medical malpractice case filed in Beaufort County, South Carolina.   During the trial, the Plaintiffs claimed that during their minor child’s delivery, the defendant doctor was confronted with the medical emergency known as shoulder dystocia.  The Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant doctor negligently pulled on their minor child’s head during the shoulder dystocia event in order to complete his delivery.  Plaintiffs claimed that this alleged excessive traction caused the child to suffer permanent injuries to the brachial plexus nerves in his arm, forever rendering it impaired.  However, Lee and Gary presented evidence from multiple fact and expert witnesses to prove that, not only did the physician not use excessive traction during the delivery, she actually saved the child’s life due to her heroics in the delivery room.  The jury agreed with the defense and quickly returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the physician and the practice group.

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