Woman awarded $12M after drug injuries leave her vegetative

Sometimes, pharmaceutical litigation lawsuits in Ohio involve drugs that were perhaps rushed through the Food and Drug Administration approval process, only to later be found unsafe due to side effects. Other times, though, the errors are due solely to a health care professional's careless oversight or poor judgment. Sadly, regardless of the scenario, the resulting drug injuries often prove catastrophic if not fatal.

A recent lawsuit in another state is a good example of the tragic outcome that frequently follows such medication errors. A woman who had a history of seizures and was taking the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent clots sought treatment at her local emergency room. There, attendant doctors believed the woman was suffering from appendicitis and administered the medication Profilnine to control bleeding.

In light of the woman's existing health conditions, this decision proved devastating. According to court documents, as a result of the Profilnine, the patient was left in a permanent vegetative state. The woman's family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the former University of Arizona Health Network, now known as Banner UMC, where the woman had sought treatment.

A jury awarded the woman and her family $12 million. Of course, no amount of money can restore the woman to her prior health, but at least the damages awarded can help pay for her medical bills and cover the ongoing care and treatment she is expected to require for the rest of her life. Anyone in Ohio who has similarly suffered severe drug injuries, or lost a family member to the negligence of a physician, may wish to consult a lawyer with experience in pharmaceutical litigation cases to explore legal options for just compensation.

Source: kgun9.com, "Tucson woman awarded $12 million in malpractice lawsuit", Priscilla Casper, Nov. 6, 2017

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