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Jury Awards $29.5 Million to Family of Actress Who Suffered Brain Damage Due to EMS Negligence

April 12, 2021

A jury has awarded a family $29.5 million in a lawsuit that alleged their daughter sustained brain damage after MedicWest negligently failed to manage their daughter's anaphylactic shock.  According to the news report, the adult daughter accidentally consumed peanut butter, to which she is highly allergic.  The woman did not know the pretzels she had consumed had peanut butter in them.  The EMS service, MedicWest Ambulance, was the service provider at the event.  The woman sustained a lack of oxygen to her brain under MedicWest Ambulance's care for a few minutes causing terrible consequences.

The father stated that he was glad that his daughter would have the money to receive the very best care as a result of the verdict.  He also stated that he hoped MedicWest would improve for the safety of others. 

According to the victim's attorney, neither of the two medics who were at the event had IV epinephrine in their possession.  Epinephrine is an adrenaline treatment used to prevent life-threatening symptoms of severe allergic reactions.  According to the Southern Nevada Health District, all medics and ambulances are required to have IV epinephrine.  The medics only had intramuscular epinephrine with them, and they used the intramuscular epinephrine pens.  However, IV is needed when a patient is progressing into full anaphylaxis.

The victim's lawsuit asked the jury to grant the victim over $60 million in damages to pay for past, present, and future medical expenses.  The damages amount also compensates the victim for past and future pain, as well as emotional suffering. 

MedicWest reports that they did not engage in any wrongdoing and stated the victim never lost consciousness while the medics attended to her.  The parents of the victim provide round-the-clock care to their quadriplegic daughter, who lives in their dining room, must be fed through a tube, and can only communicate using her eyes.

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