Malpractice News



January 18, 2012


Ohio Family Awarded $13.9 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit over Botched Delivery

After a three-week trial, a Trumball County Common Pleas Court jury has awarded the family of now ten-year-old Haley Cobb a $13.9 million settlement over a lawsuit that claims Haley's cerebral palsy was caused by a doctor's bad decisions during her delivery.

Haley's family filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Tara Shipman, who left the delivery room to go to her office during the delivery, ignored signs that the baby was in distress and went forward with a vaginal delivery, using contraction inducing drugs and a vacuum device, when, experts testified, she should have recommended a Cesarean section.

Cerebral palsy is a condition generally caused by lack of oxygen to the brain before, during, or immediately after birth. Haley's parents claim that had Haley been born through a Cesarean procedure, she would not have been seriously injured and developed cerebral palsy.

Shipman argued that Haley's mother had lesions in her uterus which could have deprived Haley of oxygen, however, medical expert opinion swayed the jury.

Haley has severe permanent brain damage, will never be able to walk, and requires 24-hour care. The award will help pay for the life-long continuous care she will need.


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