Erie County Jury Awards Record Breaking $21.6 Million in Birth Injury Case

Last week, an Erie County jury returned the largest civil verdict ever recorded in the County. The verdict of $21.6 million dollars was awarded in a Pennsylvania birth injury medical malpractice case.

In November 2006, Ja’Kareon Graham was born with cerebral palsy after suffering oxygen deprivation at birth.  Ja’Kareon was delivered via emergency C-section, but as the jury concluded, that C-section came too late.  The jury found that the nursing staff at Hamot Medical Center failed to properly monitor the fetal heart rate and other vital signs and that as a result Ja’Kareon was injured.

The vast majority of the jury verdict was for the past and future medical care that Ja’Kareon is expected to need.  A small part of the award was for loss of future earning capacity.  The jury did not include any award for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life in this Pennsylvania birth injury case.