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Jury Awards $55.5M to Man Who Suffered Brain Damage During Birth at Chicago Hospital

U.S. money held down by a legal gavel.

Twenty years after suffering severe brain damage during birth at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, a Chicago man was awarded $55.5 million by a Cook County jury this week.

At 20 years old, Shamond Butler can’t speak, read or understand rules and safety. He has the cognitive ability of a 2-year-old and needs round-the-clock care, the result of negligent actions by doctors at UIC and the hospital itself, according to his lawyer Matthew Patterson.

Physicians Monique Schoenhage, then Monique Brown, and Michelle Kominiarek are named as defendants in the lawsuit, and the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System is named as a respondent in the case. After a three-week trial, the jury delivered its verdict Wednesday before Judge Janet Brosnahan in a Daley Center courtroom.


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