Motherway & Napleton Blog

APPEALS EXHAUSTED-EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT PAID

In October, 2003, a jury awarded Hannah Foley sixteen million dollars in damages for the brain damage she suffered at birth at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey, Illinois on March 17, 1998. The child was represented at trial by Nick Motherway. The judgment was against Dr. Peggy Fletcher, the delivering obstetrician, and her medical group, which had insurance coverage well in excess of the verdict. The defendants elected to exercise their right to appeal and once all appeals were exhausted, the defendants owed $18,294,774.73. That sum was paid pursuant to an order of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, entered March 7, 2006. Nick Motherway said it was extremely gratifying to know, now with certitude, that Hannah’s future care is secured. This is precisely the kind of tragic case, with proven negligence, that the insurance industry wants to prohibit, leaving the maimed to shift for themselves while premium profits reach new record levels, Motherway said.