Boy is Awarded $30,600,000 for Negligence

Date:22-05-1996
Publication:The New York Times
Author:Joseph P. Fried
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Brooklyn jury awarded $30.6 million to a boy for injuries suffered at birth. Thomas Moore represented the boy, Andrew Altman.

When Andrew's mother, Lora, entered the hospital in labor, doctors failed to recognize a condition called umbilical cord prolapse, in which the cord descends into the vagina before any part of the baby's body, Mr. Moore explained in the Times article. Mr. Moore characterized this condition as a medical emergency whereby the umbilical cord compresses and deprives the baby of oxygen before delivery. An emergency Cesarean section was needed and was never performed.

Andrew has severe mental retardation, cannot speak, walks unsteadily, and cannot use his arms properly. He will need "constant custodial care, as well as medical care and physical therapy, for the rest of his life," Mr. Moore said.
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