Mother’s Injury Not Due to Obstetrical Malpractice
The plaintiff gave birth to a nine pound baby after a lengthy second stage of labor. When the effects of epidural wore off, she had difficulty moving her legs. She was diagnosed with femoral neuropathy and a separated pubic symphysis. She claimed that the defendant excessively hyperflexed, hyperabducted and externally rotated her legs during delivery. The defendant denied using excessive force, and testified that the injury was a known complication from delivery of a large baby with a long second stage of labor. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant. The case was tried by James M. Furey, Jr.