A Washington doctor is going to trial for accusations of causing a brachial plexus injury while delivering a baby. Yaktrinews.com reported on the matter.
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The lawsuit claims that Dr. Kevin Harrington failed to adjust his method of delivery when he noticed a baby was at risk for shoulder dystocia. The birth happened in 2013 and parents filed suit in 2015 claiming that permanent damage to their baby’s brachial plexus happened due to the doctor’s methods.
The suit claims that Dr. Harrington should have offered a cesarean section, however, after she went into labor, he “negligently proceeded with a vaginal delivery” and failed to tell the mother of the risks of delivering a baby vaginally at risk for shoulder dystocia.
It also claims that had she known of the risks she would have asked for a C-section. The doctor pulled too hard on the baby’s head and neck to free his stuck shoulders from the cervix. This is what lead to the injury.
The baby has had limited use of his left shoulder and elbow, despite surgeries and other medical treatments. There is also an allegation that this doctor has caused the same kind of injury in three other children.
The doctor and his practice have denied all of the accusations.