$53M awarded to 12-year-old in birth injury case

A jury in Cook County, Illinois has awarded $53 million in a birth injury case to 12-year-old Isaiah Ewing on Wednesday, June 29 after a four-week trial before Cook County Circuit Judge John Kirby; however, this might not be the conclusion of the case after the University of Chicago Medical Center filed a mistrial motion, claiming that the plaintiff’s attorney, Michigan lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, had made unfounded statements linking Nazi Germany to the medical center.

John Kirkton, editor of the Jury Verdict Reporter, which has been documenting Illinois medical malpractice awards information since 1959, said Wednesday’s award had been the highest reported for a plaintiff in a birth injury case in Cook County.

The case is an offshoot of Ewing’s birth in the hospital in 2004, in which his family claims that had doctors at the hospital decided on immediately performing a cesarean section to give birth to him, he would not have a mental disability and cerebral palsy.

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