Injury to Mom in Childbirth Verdict

H-Z v. A Gentle Beginning LLC et al., Multnomah County Case No. 18CV19054


Plaintiff H-Z gave birth to a child with the assistance of midwife defendant Carneiro.  Her prenatal care was with defendants A Gentle Beginning and Dr. Shaffer.  She suffered a common childbirth injury during the delivery.  She alleged that Defendants were negligent for failing to diagnose and treat the injury timely.  She sought $12,939 for past medical expenses, $250,000 for future medical expenses, $9,200 for lost wages and $5,000,000 for non-economic damages.  Plaintiff’s husband sought $1,000,000 for lost consortium.


Defendants denied that they were negligent.


Plaintiff’s Counsel – Rachel O’Neal

Defense Counsel – Nikola Jones, Clark Horner, Matteo Leggett

Verdict – $2,855,000

Date – February 14, 2020

March 12, 2020

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