1992's Largest Verdicts - $12,700,000

Publication:The National Law Journal
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Manhattan jury awarded Ann Estrada $12.7 million for damages she received at birth. Thomas Moore represented Ann.

Ann's mother, Holaya Estrada, was 19 when she went into labor. According to the National Law Journal article, "She was considered a high-risk patient because she had a history of protracted labor in a previous pregnancy and she also had a condition called pre-eclampsia, which includes high blood pressure as a symptom."

Labor was protracted in this pregnancy, too. The baby and mother were both in distress, explained Mr. Moore, who said, "There should have been an immediate Cesarean." But the inexperienced resident on duty used forceps, whereby the baby is pulled through the birth canal by the head. This caused, according to the article, "permanent brain damage, including mental retardation, a seizure disorder and speech defects."