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Record $24,100,00 Verdict – Birth Trauma – Cerebral Palsy (Seminole County, FL)

A young obstetrician induced labor in a woman for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarian section). The woman’s uterus ruptured, causing hypoxia to the child and nearly killing the mother.  The baby was resuscitated, but not before she suffered irreversible cerebral palsy.  Through a litigation that lasted 8 years, John Elliott Leighton represented the Shoaf family and young Raven Shoaf.  Mr. Leighton obtained the largest jury verdict in Seminole County history, a $24,100,000 award for this amazing girl and her parents. Shoaf v. Geiling, Seminole County Circuit Court, Case No.2000-CA-201-09-K (Orlando Business Journal, 6/20/2005).

Click here to read Orlando Sentinel article on this record-setting verdict

Click here to read a commentary about this trial by Lawyers & Settlements

Lawyers Weekly article on Shoaf v. Geiling


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