|Publication:||Lawyer's Weekly USA|
|Author:||Amy Johnson Conner|
|Attorney(s):||Thomas A. Moore|
|Practice Area(s):||Medical Malpractice|
|Summary:||This article shines a spotlight on the ninth highest jury verdict of 2001 in the country-$107 million awarded by a Bronx jury. This verdict, the third largest medical-malpractice verdict in the state of New York, was won by Thomas Moore on behalf of Agustin Ballinas, who suffered massive injuries due to a medical team's failure to diagnose meningitis, a brain infection. Agustin, born September 9, 1990, cannot speak, though he can communicate with sounds. He is in a wheelchair and needs full-time, round-the-clock care.|
Thomas Moore, whom the Lawyer's Weekly called a "New York medical malpractice powerhouse... who knows more about medicine than doctors," has handled many cases of brain-damaged babies at birth, but he approaches each case "with a fresh eye." The family in this case, Mr. Moore said, is "quintessentially American." Agustin's father, Raimundo, came from Mexico and had three jobs, including one as a waiter at the 21 Club. He and his wife, Carmen, had two children before Agustin.