Premature Baby Gets $72,650,000

Date:15-11-1993
Publication:The National Law Journal
Author:Lizette Alvarez
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A series of medical errors led to Jonathan Washington's injuries at birth, and a Bronx jury awarded him $6.5 million for past pain and suffering, $8.3 million for future pain and suffering, and $57.85 million for special damages, totaling $72.65 million. Thomas Moore represented Jonathan.

Jonathan's mother, Venice Washington, was 16 when she went to the hospital in labor. After an "initial assessment that the child was on schedule and there were no significant problems," said the National Law Journal article, Ms. Washington was "turned over to nurses and midwives." A fetal monitor was turned off after a half hour, even though Jonathan was four weeks premature and already in distress. The monitor was hooked up again two hours later. "We'll never know for sure [the extent of the fetal distress] because the tape was lost," Mr. Moore was quoted saying. The cutting off of oxygen to the brain was compounded by a traumatic delivery that led to bleeding in the brain, Mr. Moore said. Jonathan is partially paralyzed and his IQ is in the high 60s.