Injury: Stroke and disability from interaction of commonly prescribed migraine medicines
Age of Patient at Injury: 49 years old
Result: $4.5 Million Jury Verdict
Court: Gloucester County, NJ
Comment: Our client sued for the stroke which left her paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. She had chronic migraine headaches for which she was prescribed common migraine medications -Imitrex and Cafergot. Despite the frequency with which these medications are prescribed, they are strong narcotic medications which had the potential for a tragic drug interaction. Not all medication is safe when prescribed in combination with other medications. Our medical experts, a neurologist and a pharmacologist, proved that there was a medication error in the doctor failing to consider the potential drug interaction. Following 10 days of trial during which we presented clear medical testimony and evidence of the doctor’s malpractice, a NJ Jury awarded $100,000 for past medical expenses, $150,000 for lost wages, $445,000 for future lost wages and $600,000 for our client’s pain and suffering. She will never fully recover from her injuries but the lawsuit ensured that her medical needs will continue to be met into the future.