On October 20, 2022, a Bronx jury found that physicians at the High-Risk Obstetrical Clinic at Jacobi Medical Center in 2003 had failed to prevent a pre-term delivery of a baby at 23 weeks gestation. By the time of trial, the baby prematurely born was now a 19 year old man. The young man's mother had a history of an incompetent cervix that was well known to all concerned. In a previous pregnancy the plaintiff's mother was experiencing the same condition - but - was successfully treated by a cerclage procedure. During this procedure, the cervix is reinforced with sutures to prevent a pre-term birth which can result in profound brain injuries.
Given the mother's medical history, the standard of care required proper monitoring with serial transvaginal ultrasound for cervical length, and cerclage when necessary to allow the mother to carry her pregnancy to term.. This pre-term birth at 23 weeks resulted in significant developmental disabilities. At the time of trial the plaintiff was nonverbal with severe intellectual disability and needs 24/7 care for the rest of his life. The jury awarded the young man $80,000,000 which is double the amount his attorney asked from the jury in closing arguments. Quick v Jacobi Medical Center, Sup.Ct., Bronx County, Index No: 350345/2011