In a landmark decision that underscores the importance of medical responsibility and patient rights, a Cook County jury has awarded one of the largest birth trauma verdicts in Chicago’s history. The verdict, amounting to $55 million, was awarded to Shamond Butler, a young man who suffered severe brain damage at birth due to the negligence of physicians at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
This case, tried over three weeks by Matthew Patterson of Beam Legal Team, LLC, sheds light on the grave consequences of medical malpractice. Shamond, now 20 years old, will require round-the-clock care for the rest of his life due to the irreversible damages he sustained during his birth. The physicians involved wrongfully administered a High-Alert drug to Shamond’s mother against drug label warnings and hospital policy, leading to oxygen deprivation during delivery.
The University of Illinois Medical Center’s refusal to acknowledge its physicians’ negligence or offer any settlement before or during the trial only amplifies the significance of this verdict. The unanimous decision by the jury not only serves as a testament to the undeniable evidence against the medical center but also as a beacon of hope for victims of medical malpractice everywhere.
Beam Legal Team, LLC has been at the forefront of advocating for justice in such cases. As Managing Partner Jack Beam rightly pointed out, while no amount of money can truly compensate for the pain and suffering endured by Shamond and his family, this verdict ensures that Shamond’s future medical and care needs are met.
This verdict also marks the third significant win for Beam Legal Team, LLC in 2023, showcasing the firm’s unwavering commitment to securing justice for families affected by medical malpractice. Specializing in birth injuries resulting from mismanagement of pregnancy or labor, Beam Legal Team, LLC has now secured jury verdicts in 2023 alone totaling over $100 million.
For families seeking justice and representation in birth injury cases, Beam Legal Team, LLC stands as a beacon of hope, expertise, and dedication. For more details on their work and services, visit beamlegalteam.com