#9 on the list of Top Ten Jury Verdicts of 2001: Med Mal Lawyer Breaks Personal Record with $107,000,000

Publication:Lawyer's Weekly USA
Author:Amy Johnson Conner
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:This article shines a spotlight on the ninth highest jury verdict of 2001 in the country-$107 million awarded by a Bronx jury. This verdict, the third largest medical-malpractice verdict in the state of New York, was won by Thomas Moore on behalf of Agustin Ballinas, who suffered massive injuries due to a medical team's failure to diagnose meningitis, a brain infection. Agustin, born September 9, 1990, cannot speak, though he can communicate with sounds. He is in a wheelchair and needs full-time, round-the-clock care.

Thomas Moore, whom the Lawyer's Weekly called a "New York medical malpractice powerhouse... who knows more about medicine than doctors," has handled many cases of brain-damaged babies at birth, but he approaches each case "with a fresh eye." The family in this case, Mr. Moore said, is "quintessentially American." Agustin's father, Raimundo, came from Mexico and had three jobs, including one as a waiter at the 21 Club. He and his wife, Carmen, had two children before Agustin.