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Jury Awards $800,000 in Birth Injury

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A Cook County jury on Friday awarded $800,000 to a 12-year old boy whose shoulder was permanently injured during childbirth at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in 1986.

Plaintiff attorney Christopher T. Hurley, of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., said the boy suffered nerve damage in his brachial plexus when delivered too quickly by obstetrician Dr. Steven Binette. Binette pulled the boy’s head too forcefully, stretching the nerves in the neck and shoulder and causing permanent paralysis and disfigurement in the boy’s left arm, Hurley said.

Michael E. Prangle of Lord, Bissell & Brook represented both defendants in the matter, Daniel Johnson Jr., etc. v. Michael Reese Hospital Foundation, et al., No. 94 L 6947. Judge James S. Quinlan Jr. presided over the trial.

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