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Detroit family awarded $130 million in medical malpractice suit

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Oct 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, a Detroit, Michicgan jury awarded the family of a quadriplegic 15-year-old girl $130 million in damages Tuesday in what the family's lawyers called the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in Michigan history.  In the original complaint, filed by attorney Douglas Raymond of Lafayette, Colo., Halperin and Beaumont were accused of not realizing that Markell's size warranted a C-section and failing to prevent injury to the baby.Attorneys for Markell VanSlembrouck of Macomb Township said the girl was larger than expected at birth because of gestational diabetes in her mother, Kimberly VanSlembrouck.

     Rather than deliver by cesarean section, Dr. Andrew Halperin induced VanSlembrouck for a vaginal delivery at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, said attorney Geoffrey Fieger.  Fieger said Markell received brain damage and a broken clavicle and now has quadriplegia, requiring around-the-clock care.  "They literally crushed the life out of that little baby," Fieger said.
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Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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