A lawyer who took heat for turning down an $8 million settlement in a medical-malpractice suit - only to lose at trial - became a hero when he scored a $130 million judgment for a brain-damaged Suffolk County girl at a new trial this week.
In a courtroom drama reminiscent of the Paul Newman film "The Verdict," lawyer Thomas Moore persuaded a Long Island jury that St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson was responsible for mistakes made during delivery that left now-10-year-old Shannon Reilly with cerebral palsy.
Moore had convinced the girl's family in 2009 to reject the multimillion-dollar settlement offer from the hospital, which they accused of failing to notice that the girl was deprived of oxygen at birth. He then lost the case at trial and the family got nothing.
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