June 27, 1995 |
A 5-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after falling into the deep end of a swimming pool two years ago was awarded $24 million by a jury yesterday, an amount said to be the state's largest personal injury award in memory. Destine Weightman has been in a "persistent vegetative state" since she sank into the 9-foot-deep end of a swimming pool at a 350-unit apartment complex in Upper Darby, said the family's lawyer, Shanin Specter. She cannot see, walk, feed herself, or move any part of her body.
May 22, 1999 |
A 7-year-old Oregon boy left blind and unable to speak or walk after a heart operation six years ago won a $15.2 million judgment yesterday against Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, his surgeon and a technician who assisted. Alec Sears was born in a Portland suburb with a heart defect. Mark and Vicki Sears brought their son to Children's Hospital for a series of heart operations when he was one week old, six months old and 13 months old. The procedure had been pioneered at Children's Hospital, although by 1993 the surgery was being performed at medical centers around the country.
September 26, 1996 |
For years, Philadelphia police officers have been sued by people they arrested. Now, a federal appeals court says that they and police throughout the region can be sued by people they did not arrest. In a ruling that creates new grounds for civil-rights suits against police departments, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit by the parents of a Philadelphia woman who passed out on a frigid night and suffered severe brain damage after police stopped her for drunkenness and then let her walk home alone.
November 9, 1993 |
Danny Centrone, 38, who suffered permanent brain damage as a teenager when members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang beat him unconscious with chains in a shopping center parking lot in 1972, died Saturday at his home in Folcroft. "Danny has been a prisoner in his own body ever since his beating," said his mother, Greta Centrone. "The Danny that we've had around for 21 years was not my son. "Danny's where he should be - at peace," she said. She found her son unconscious on the bathroom floor Saturday night.
November 20, 1999 |
Calling it a sad situation for everyone involved, a Burlington County judge yesterday sentenced a Cinnaminson man to a year in prison for his role in a fight in which another man suffered brain damage. Jason Pabon, 19, told Superior Court Judge Marvin P. Schlosser that he was sorry for pushing Christopher Williams, 21, at a party in Palmyra on June 7, 1998. Williams fell, striking his head on the ground and lapsing into an 11-day coma. "If there is anything I could take back, it would be that moment," Pabon said, turning to Williams and members of Williams' family who sat in the courtroom.
August 23, 2000 |
A Common Pleas Court jury yesterday ordered three local doctors to pay half of a $49 million judgment awarded to a Port Richmond man who suffered severe brain damage while being treated for a rare neurological disorder three years ago. The jury ruled in favor of David Caruso, 23, who went to Neumann Medical Center in Port Richmond to be treated for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder that results in paralysis and is often curable. But due to negligence on the part of Neumann staff members and the attending physicians, Caruso was left unable to walk, talk or move on his own, said his attorney, Shanin Specter.
July 31, 1998 |
The 1983 murder of Middletown pharmacist Richard G. Sharp was born of events years earlier, in the West Philadelphia home of young Clifford Smith, a psychologist testified yesterday in Bucks County Court. Patricia Fleming, who examined and tested Smith while he was on Pennsylvania's death row, spoke during the second day of a sentencing hearing about traumatic adolescent events that she said affected Smith's mind and actions as he and an accomplice staged an armed robbery of the Park-Woodbourne Apothecary on a Friday afternoon 15 years ago. Two childhood head injuries and a turbulent family life left Smith "incapable of conforming his actions to the law," said Fleming, a Wyoming clinical psychologist who said Smith suffered from brain damage.
March 11, 1993 |
Two teenagers were to be arraigned this morning on assault charges in connection with a fight that has left an 18-year-old with brain damage and the ordeal of putting back together the pieces of his life. Steve Jackson, 18, of the 100 block of Kelmar Avenue, and Robert Espenship, 18, of the first block of Ridge Road, were to appear before District Justice John T. Jeffers at 10 a.m. to face charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault stemming from the Jan. 21 assault of Joseph Tihansky.
September 23, 2004 |
A Pennsauken teenager accused of assaulting his infant daughter, causing severe brain injuries and a broken leg, will be tried as an adult, authorities said yesterday. Antwine Stevens was moved from the juvenile detention center in Blackwood to the Camden County Correctional Facility on Tuesday night after a Superior Court judge granted the state's petition to prosecute the 17-year-old father as an adult. Bail was set at $100,000. Authorities say Stevens and Dominique Coston, 18, attacked their 2 1/2-month-old daughter at their home July 16 after the baby's continued crying angered them.
January 6, 2004 |
A third teen agreed yesterday to be tried as an adult in the fierce beating of a Pennsauken High School senior who has been hospitalized since Nov. 2 with severe head injuries. Superior Court Judge G. Linda Baxter set bail for Thomas W. McKeown Jr., 16, at $30,000, twice the amount assigned to four other defendants. McKeown's bail is higher because his parents have moved from the Westmont section of Haddon Township to Philadelphia, Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Luther said.