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Drug error leads to $12 million award for injured woman

A contested use of a dangerous drug has led to a monetary award for a woman injured in a hospital. The woman won a $12 million jury verdict after the trial, which will now be applied towards her ongoing medical needs. Although this incident occurred in another state, individuals in Rhode Island may be interested to learn of the details of the drug error case in the event of something similar in their own lives. 

The woman had originally been referred to the hospital due to very thin blood. A test revealed the dangerously thin level, and her physician sent her to the ER. In the past, the woman had been treated for the same issue with Vitamin K or fresh frozen plasma. In this case, a physician at the hospital chose to treat the condition with the drug Profilnine. The drug worked to thicken her blood, but within two hours, the woman was screaming in pain and later suffered a heart attack that resulted in damage to her brain.

Due to the events at the hospital, the woman remains in a persistent vegetative state and is being cared for at home by her family. Lawyers brought the case to trial on the woman's behalf, and the jury decided that 80 percent of the responsibility for the incident resided with the hospital, which resulted in the $12 million award. Other factors, including the woman's Coumadin levels and an inaccurate report of an allergy, led the court to decide that she had 20 percent responsibility for the event. 

Since the ER doctor departed from the typical standard of care, the woman was harmed because of the drug error. In Rhode Island, a person harmed by medical staff has the options to seek awards for damages. Many individuals choose to use the aid of an attorney for help with their case. 

Source:, "Tucson woman wins $12 million jury verdict against Banner-UMC in malpractice case", Stephanie Innes, Nov. 8, 2017

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