Despite the fact a drug allergy was documented on the patient’s medical chart, the defendant administered Scopolamine, which is similar in molecular structure and in the same class of drugs as the one to which the patient was allergic.
“Not only that,” says Christopher Mellino, “they were completely caught off-guard when [the patient] went into anaphylactic shock. The anesthesia doctor wasn’t even in the room when she stopped breathing.”
According to the complaint filed in the court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, the mother of two “has experienced permanent and substantial physical and emotional pain and suffering, disability, was in a coma for several weeks, and has and will undergo extensive medical care and treatment.”
The jury found that the defendant was negligent and returned a $3 million verdict.