Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic testimony quantifying: (a) the present and future cash values of lost wages and fringe benefits and (b) the present and future cash values of medical and attendant services to the plaintiff.
Location: San Francisco, California
Case: Michael Cook, by his Guardian ad litem, Cara M. Cook v. Stanford Health Services and Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
Court: Court of the State of California for the City and County of San Francisco, No. 324905.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: David B. Baum of the Law Offices of Baum & Blake, San Francisco, California.
Judge: Robert L. Dandero
Case Synopsis: The plaintiff was born at Stanford University Hospital in 1994, and was diagnosed with a genetic disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), in 2000. As a result of the hospital and pediatricians not diagnosing the PKU, Michael developed permanent brain damage and a need for lifetime care. Baum argued that the hospital failed to timely perform the required tests, which screen for metabolic disorders in newborns.
Expert Consultation: In this case, Mr. Johnson first testified to Michael Cook’s lost earnings capacity. Since the child had no earnings history, Mr. Johnson based Michael’s earnings capacity on an average college graduate and a person with a Master’s degree. The total present values of lost wages and fringe benefits yielded between $2.4 and $2.8 million.