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$5 Million Cerebral Palsy Settlement in Rural Georgia

In June 2009, attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and Carolyn M. Chopko obtained a $5 million settlement* in a rural Georgia town for a labor and delivery case where the child ended up with cerebral palsy. The injury occurred during labor, and likely resulted from a combination of poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy and fetal intolerance of labor. Attorneys Weinstock and Chopko made a persuasive argument that there was a delay of several hours in performing a cesarean section, and the delay caused the child’s devastating brain damage.

This case is believed to be the largest ever personal injury recovery in the part of the state in which the case was litigated. Defendants have insisted on confidentiality as a prerequisite to the settlement.

*Attorneys Weinstock and Chopko handled this case on a pro hac vice basis, which is when lawyers not licensed in a particular state associate with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtain the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.