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Miami Jury Awards More Than $38 Million in Tragic Pharmaceutical and Medical Negligence Case.

Colson Hicks Eidson Attorney Julie Braman Kane Represents Plaintiff Amanda Slavin Vs. McKesson Medication Management LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

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 and Mario Nanes, M.D.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- A Miami-Dade County jury awarded Amanda Slavin $38,323,196 in compensatory damages against Defendants McKesson Medication Management LLC and a local neurosurgeon today, announced lead counsel Julie Braman Kane, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, who tried the case with her partner Joseph J. Kalbac Jr.

On October 24, 2003 Miami-Dade county resident Amanda Slavin underwent intraspinal surgery for a repair of a spinal fluid leak. During surgery, the neurosurgeon injected Slavin's intrathecal intrathecal /in·tra·the·cal/ (-the´k'l) within a sheath; through the theca of the spinal cord into the subarachnoid space.
 space with Methylene Blue which operating room personnel acquired from a medicine cabinet maintained by McKesson Medication Management LLC. McKesson had contracted with Mt. Sinai to run their pharmacies and train Mt. Sinai's nursing and medical personnel regarding pharmaceutical issues. McKesson did not provide the doctor or any of Mt. Sinai's medical personnel with training or with the information the FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration

FDA, See Food and Drug Administration.

FDA, the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration.
 required indicating that Methylene Blue was contraindicated for intraspinal injection.

Following the surgery, Slavin developed ascending adhesive arachnoiditis, a debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
Causing a loss of strength or energy.

Weakening, or reducing the strength of.

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 condition characterized by severe burning pain and neurologic disability. She has subsequently undergone multiple surgeries, is bedridden bed·rid·den or bed·rid
Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.
 and in severe pain, and has been forced to give up her profession as a nurse.

The lawsuit alleged negligence against McKesson Medication Management LLC for failure to provide training of the nursing or medical staff regarding obtaining information about medications used during surgery, as they were required to do under their contract wit Mt. Sinai.

The lawsuit also alleged that the doctor fell below the standard of care in the care and treatment of Amanda Slavin by using Methylene Blue intraspinally despite the contraindication contraindication /con·tra·in·di·ca·tion/ (-in?di-ka´shun) any condition which renders a particular line of treatment improper or undesirable.

 and warning against the same.

The Jury agreed and found both McKesson Medication Management LLC and the neurosurgeon were negligent and at fault for Amanda Slavin's damages.

"While no amount of money will fairly compensate Amanda for this catastrophic injury, which has rendered her in severe pain and bedridden, the verdict recognizes the tremendous harm that the Defendants' negligence caused her," said Kane.

"This tragedy easily could and should have been prevented by the Defendant McKesson, had the medical staff been trained of the risk of using Methylene Blue during spinal surgery, which was their responsibility to do under their contract," said Kalbac Jr., who assisted Kane in the case.

Kane practices in the areas of products liability, class action, commercial litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
, medical malpractice and personal injury at Colson Hicks Eidson. She is the president-elect of the Miami-Dade Chapter for the Florida Association of Women in Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Justice The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) is the leading organization for lawyers representing plaintiffs in the United States.  and the Florida Justice Association. Kane also serves on the Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors.  of the Justice PAC and the National College of Advocates.

About Colson Hicks Eidson

The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with more than 35 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation. Partners at the firm have also had the distinction of holding the following offices: President of the 60,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) is a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of personal injury attorneys. The ATLA is the world's largest trial bar organization, with about 60,000 members worldwide. ; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; United States Attorney United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the United States federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. There are 93 U.S.  for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. For more information visit

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