$16,000,000 Jury Award to Dancer

Publication:Daily News
Author:Jose Martinez
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Daily News article reported on a $16.3 million Bronx medical-malpractice award to Kevin Smith, 42, a breakdancing pioneer who had suffered "crippling injuries." Thomas Moore represented Mr. Smith during the two-week trial.

"It's a tragedy in itself," Mr. Moore said. "But the greater tragedy is that it was entirely avoidable." Mr. Smith had been hospitalized for two months before suffering a stroke in 1998. The doctors at the hospital misdiagnosed a heart condition that led to the stroke, Mr. Moore said. Mr. Smith and his twin brother, Keith, were breakdancing celebrities in the South Bronx in the early 1980s. They helped make breakdancing a nationwide phenomenon. "The stroke left Smith a shadow of his former self," Mr. Moore said. "He drags his right foot when he walks, struggles to speak, and has a very poor memory. [He and his brother] were local celebrities. Now he's reduced to this."
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