Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. Reports that a Jury Awarded $4.5 Million to Estate of Mobile, Alabama Man in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Case

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Allergic reaction to contrast agent during routine MRI causes death due to lack of a timely and appropriate response from medical staff.

Law Office of J. Allan Brown L.L.C. announces that on September 3rd, in the case of Estate of Thomas v. Coastal Neurological Institute, Case number 02-CV-2010-900979.00, a Jury in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Mobile County, Alabama awarded $4,500,000 to the family of a Mobile man who died in the midst of a routine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedure. The attorneys of record representing the estate of Mr. Thomas were J. Allan Brown and Joseph McGowin of the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, and Ty Brown and Roger Lucas of Marsh, Rikard & Bryan.

According to court documents, on June 18, 2008, Cecil Thomas, 56, was undergoing a routine MRI at Coastal Neurological Institute when he suffered a serious allergic reaction to the MRI contrast agent, which is a chemical "dye" inserted into the bloodstream to enhance the resolution of the MRI. Gadolinium or some other metal is often used as a contrast agent, and the possibility of a severe allergic reaction is well-known in the medical community. An anaphylactic reaction to an MRI contrast agent can lead to death if not quickly treated. At trial, expert witness testimony indicated that death can often be avoided by the simple administration of epinephrine when given in a timely manner.

In the tragic death of Mr. Thomas, trial records indicate that facts were introduced at trial that the patient never received any epinephrine from the medical office and it was only after the paramedics arrived that appropriate treatment was attempted. In his closing arguments to the jury, attorney Ty Brown said, "this family has been looking for answers to why Mr. Thomas had to die for six years and they deserve justice."

About Law Office of J. Allan Brown L.L.C.

The Law Office of J. Allan Brown focuses on helping individuals who suffer injuries caused by the negligence of others. The Mobile, Alabama personal injury firm has assisted individuals and their families in a wide array of accident and medical malpractice cases.

Contact the firm at:

Law Offices of J. Allan Brown L.L.C.
2051 Dauphin Street
Mobile, Alabama 36606
Phone: 251-473-6691

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