No mistrial for University of Chicago Medical Center $53M in birth injury lawsuit

Alyssa Rege - Print  | 

The University of Chicago Medical Center failed to obtain a mistrial in a medical malpractice lawsuit with a $53 million verdict, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Cook County Circuit Judge John Kirby dismissed nearly half a dozen reasons hospital lawyers cited to grant a mistrial. The majority of the reasons centered around what hospital lawyers characterized as inflammatory statements made by the plaintiffs' lawyer, according to the Tribune.

Lisa Ewing filed the 2013 lawsuit against the hospital on behalf of 12-year-old Isaiah Ewing, who was born with a serious a serious brain injury. It outlined the 20 alleged mistakes physicians and nurses made after mother Lisa Ewing arrived at the hospital to deliver Isaiah. The mistakes, the lawsuit alleged, included failures to perform a timely cesarean, follow a chain of command and diagnose heart rate patterns that indicated distress to the baby.

The hospital filed for a mistrial before the case went to the jury.

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