After a three-week trial, a Lane County jury assessed damages of $12.2 million against a multi-state health care system that caused severe brain damage to our client, Lee, by administering 18 times the prescribed dose of a powerful heart medication.
As a result of the medication overdose, Lee’s heart stopped sending blood and oxygen to his brain, resulting in catastrophic brain damage. Lee, who was a local factory worker, avid outdoorsman, and father of five children, has lost much of his ability to function and will require extensive medical care for the rest of his life.
The Defendant company’s Director of Pharmacy admitted at trial that hospital medication errors are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, and further, that they are often caused by a hospital systems failure. When asked if what happened to Lee was a hospital system failure, he replied, “It was.”