Cerebral Palsy Girl, 12, Wins $45,000,000 Malpractice Verdict

Date:28-04-1998
Publication:Daily News
Author:Lawrence Goodman
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Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Brooklyn jury awarded a $45 million verdict to Alexia Asteratakis, a 12-year-old girl born with severe injuries due to a series of medical mistakes. Thomas Moore represented Alexia during the three-week-long trial.

Alexia's mother, Sarah Asteratakis, said that, when she was in labor, the doctors "spotted complications" in her delivery so they gave her extra anesthesia. No one monitored her, and her blood pressure dropped dramatically, which caused oxygen deprivation in the baby. The baby was delivered by forceps, causing even more brain damage. "The doctors didn't do their job," Mrs. Asteratakis said in the Daily News article. "They should have kept a better eye on me." Alexia needs a wheelchair, has seizures, and her speech is slurred. The article noted that she has the intelligence of a four-year-old.
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