7th Circ. Weighs Bid To Cut Damages In $8.3M Birth Injury Suit

By Lauraann Wood (June 5, 2020, 6:03 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday challenged the U.S. government's request to vacate a judge's $8.3 million award for a boy who suffered a serious shoulder injury during birth, pointing to a government expert's own testimony as a potential reason to affirm it.

The government told a three-judge panel during oral argument that a lower court improperly based part of its award for plaintiff Yong Juan "Maggie" Zhao's permanently injured son on an unsupported assumption that he could have earned up to $100,000 per year in a skilled trade with only a high school education.

But U.S. Circuit Judge Michael Scudder pushed...

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