Verdicts

Since 1983, Jack Beam and his legal team have won over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients. This is a sample of just a few of the cases where Beam Legal Team has fought for—and won—justice for children and their families whose lives have been irreparably damaged by “modern” American maternal and infant medical care.*​

  • Oakland County, Michigan

    Cerebral Palsy

    $144,585,020

    In 2011, Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger achieved one of the highest birth injury verdicts in American history. A jury in Detroit found that the labor and delivery nurses, obstetrician, and residents committed several negligent acts during both the prenatal and labor and delivery periods. Medical staff failed to properly estimate the weight of the Baby Markell, and later erred again when they mixed up two patients, causing them to believe that Markell’s mother was having a 7 pound baby when Markell was actually nearly 11 pounds. The doctors proceeded to administer Pitocin instead of delivering the child via C-section, resulting in severe injury to the baby. Baby Markell was born with significant brain hemorrhages, a broken clavicle, and significant bruising. William Beaumont hospital records indicate a “difficult vaginal delivery” with “scalp and facial bruising and swelling” and “occasional tremors [seizures].”

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  • Cook County, Illinois

    Cerebral Palsy

    $53,000,000

    A jury has rejected the “unknown infection” argument presented by the defense and awarded more than $50 million to the Ewing family after a birth injury caused Isaiah Ewing’s cerebral palsy.

    In 2004, Lisa Ewing went to the hospital after noticing her baby was moving less than usual. A first-year resident was able to diagnose fetal distress within minutes, but no practicing doctor saw Lisa for more than 11 hours. It was over 12 hours before a cesarean section was performed and it was discovered Isaiah was not breathing. He was in critical condition for four weeks before being released, suffering brain damage and cerebral palsy as a result of the lack of oxygen to his brain.

    The Ewings sued the hospital in 2013, arguing that the staff failed to recognize fetal distress and perform a cesarean section in a timely manner, which may have saved Isaiah from the condition he now lives with. The hospital argued that Isaiah was born with normal oxygen levels in his blood and thus the injury occurred before Lisa came to the hospital, caused by an “unknown infection.”

    However, the hospital could not identify the infection and couldn’t provide any further information about it. Nonetheless they continued to insist it was there and was the reason for the injury. Jack Beam of Beam Legal Team, one of the attorneys for the Ewing family, argued “Their sole defense was that an infection during Lisa’s pregnancy caused cerebral palsy. Our experts disagreed, and the university’s own pediatric infectious disease specialist had looked for—but ruled out—infection.”

    The jury ruled in favor of the Ewings, awarding $53 million, including just under $29 million for future life care costs, $7 million for medical expenses, and more. The Ewing family now will not have to worry about Isaiah’s future, knowing Lisa, a single mother, can afford to give him the care and constant supervision he needs.

    The hospital has since moved to declare a mistrial, contending that the closing arguments deprived the hospital of a fair trial. That motion was rejected and the verdict was entered. However, the hospital has once again filed a motion for a new trial, which will be completed by the end of this year.

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  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio

    Brain Injury

    $30,000,000
    In Cleveland, Ohio, Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger won a record $30 million for a brain damaged 17-year-old boy. A Cuyahoga County jury found that the obstetrician, along with the now defunct hospital, were negligent in neglecting to deliver baby Walter Hollins earlier. Witnesses testified that Walter’s mother waited for two hours to receive an “emergency” Caesarian section. During that time, the flow of oxygen to Baby Walter’s brain was devastatingly reduced. This hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and ischemia (lack of blood) combined to cause Walter’s cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Walter will forever be wheelchair-bound. He requires 24-hour care and is entirely dependent upon his mother and his other care givers for even the most basic human needs.
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  • Washington County, Pennsylvania

    Brain Injury

    $26,000,000
    The first time Beam Legal Team teamed up with Geoffrey Fieger, they won a $26 million verdict for Ryan Taylor, an infant whose hypoglycemia went undiagnosed and untreated. In this case, the doctors and hospital in Washington County, Pennsylvania, violated their own policies and procedures, which required a newborn to be monitored and screened for low blood sugar. All this newborn baby needed was a little sugar water in the nursery. Instead, Ryan went uncared for so long that he suffered severe hypoglycemia, which resulted in seizures, cerebral palsy, and permanent brain damage. Consequently, Ryan will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life. Before the jury verdict, the defendant doctors and defendant hospital never offered a penny. This was the largest neonatal malpractice verdict ever in Western Pennsylvania.
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  • Presence St. Joseph Hospital

    Medical Malpractice

    $23,500,000
    Attorney Jack Beam, along with Matthew Patterson, assisted Geoffrey Fieger to win a $23.5 million dollar verdict against Presence St. Joseph Hospital, for a brain-damaged child.
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  • Wayne County, Michigan

    Medical Malpractice

    $20,000,000
    Beam Legal Team and Geoffrey Fieger obtained a $20 million verdict against Detroit Medical Center and Hutzel Hospital for negligently discharging a laboring mother despite the fact that she was about to give birth, thus depriving the minor-child of medical attention for her serious medical needs. Testimony at trial indicated that the hospital was quick to discharge C.B.’s mother because she was an inmate at Wayne County Jail, and they did not care for her jail uniform. Throughout the trial, the Defendant Hospital pointed the finger at the Defendant Jail for the malpractice at issue. The verdict was one of the largest in the state of Michigan in 2014.
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  • Monongalia County, West Virginia

    Medical Malpractice

    $17,000,000
    Like Markell, Ryan, and Walter, Marissa Pochron is a very special child. She, too, is an extraordinary survivor. The malpractice committed against sweet Marissa occurred both before and after birth. The obstetrician should have delivered Marissa via Caesarian section and sooner. When Marissa was born severely depressed, hypoxic, and hypoglycemic, the hospital staff and nurses should have—but did not—properly resuscitate and treat her. The nursing staff even ignored orders from the neonatologist, leading to further harm. Marissa suffers from brain damage, cerebral palsy, and spastic quadriplegia. The jury found the hospital and the obstetrician liable for $17 million. This was the largest verdict in an obstetrical/neonatal malpractice case in the history of West Virginia.
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*Of industrialized nations of the world, the U.S. ranks among the highest in maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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