NATIONAL—Recently, I was reading about an Illinois jury awarding $53 million to a young boy who was born with a severe brain injury after suffering 12 hours of fetal distress during delivery.

The award came after a monthlong trial before Cook County Illinois Circuit Judge John P. Kirby in 12-year-old Isaiah Ewing’s medical-malpractice case. Isaiah’s guardian sued the University of Chicago Medical Center in December 2013, alleging his mother’s, Lisa, physicians failed to recognize signs of distress and order an emergency cesarean section during her labor and delivery in 2004.

The damages included $28.8 million for future expenses to take care of the boy, whose brain injury at birth left him with severe cerebral palsy. The boy is confined to a wheelchair and needs his mother to feed and clothe him.

The award is the highest reported for a plaintiff in a birth injury case in Cook County, according to media sources.


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Source(s):

Wood, Lauraann, CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN – $53M verdict for birth injury (Jun. 30, 2016), available at http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Archives/2016/06/30/53M-med-mal-verdict-6-30-16.aspx.