Illinois Jury Awards 12-Year-Old $53M In Birth Injury Case
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County jury has awarded a record $53 million in a birth injury case involving an infant born at a Chicago hospital in 2004.
The jury's decision came Wednesday after a trial before Cook County Circuit Judge John Kirby.
Attorneys for the now 12-year-old Isaiah Ewing claim the University of Chicago Medical Center was negligent during his birth and could have prevented his brain injuries if they'd performed a cesarean section earlier.
John L. Kirkton, editor of the Jury Verdict Reporter, which has compiled Illinois awards since 1959, says it's the highest award reported for a plaintiff in a birth injury case in Cook County.
University of Chicago Medical Center will try to overturn the verdict and issued a statement questioning the conduct of plaintiff's attorney Geoffrey Fieger.