The family of 10-year old Haley Cobb has been awarded a nearly $14 million settlement over medical malpractice charges that Haley was harmed during her birth because of a botched delivery that included the use of a vacuum device and contraction inducing drugs.
Haley Cobb’s parents filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Tara Shipman, in which they accused the physician of going forward with a vaginal birth and inducing labor instead of recommending a Cesarean section when the baby was showing signs of distress. The lawsuit also accused Shipman of leaving the delivery room when she should not have.
After a three-week trial, the Trumball County Common Pleas Court in Ohio agreed with the family that Shipman’s decisions during Haley’s birth caused the child to be born with cerebral palsy, a condition caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, which could have been avoided had Haley been delivered through cesarean section.
Haley was left with permanent severe brain damage, will never walk, and requires 24-hour-care. The award will help pay for the child’s life-long care.