Jury Hits Penn Medicine With Record $182.7M Verdict

A Philadelphia jury awarded $182.7 million to a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and brain damage in a birth injury lawsuit against the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania…law.com, Jury Hits Penn Medicine With Record $182.7M Verdict, Aleeza Furman, April 2023


The plaintiffs, a minor referred to in the case as J.M. and his mother, Dajah Hagans, alleged that staff at Penn Medicine negligently managed Hagans’ delivery of her son, causing J.M. to suffer hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).


They claimed Penn Medicine failed to properly document its care or communicate concerns with Hagans during her labor.

According to the plaintiffs’ pretrial memo, the HIE caused J.M. spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and developmental delays requiring him to receive ongoing care for the rest of his life.


The jury awarded approximately $101 million for future life care costs. The jury awarded medical expenses based on an estimation that J.M. would live for another 65 years.


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