$2 Million Jury Verdict for Negligent Injection Procedure Causing Permanent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Crystal Guinard suffered from severe migraine headaches. She was in her thirties at the time. She received Phenergan and Toradol injections. Guinard received a Phenergan injection performed by nurse Marie Krausz, who was an employee of the urgent care clinic Patient First Maryland Medical Group. She then suffered a sciatic nerve injury in her right leg. Her injury, which has been determined to be permanent, resulted in complex regional pain syndrome, which necessitated implementation of a neurostimulator.

Phenergan is a drug often used to treat allergies and motion sickness. In addition, the drug can be used to control pain, nausea and vomiting.

Guinard filed a lawsuit against Krausz and the urgent care clinic alleging liability for Krausz’s improper handling of the injection. Guinard alleged that Krausz used incorrect anatomical markers when she handled the injection, which injured Guinard’s sciatic nerve.

There was no claim for lost income.

At the conclusion of the trial, the jury signed a verdict for $2 million in Guinard’s favor. However, the court later reduced the jury’s noneconomic damages award because of a state law. The trial court denied the defendant’s motion for a new trial.

The attorneys successfully handling this lawsuit for Guinard were Robert Joyce and Emily Fuller.

Guinard v. Patient First Maryland Medical Group, PLLC, No.24-C-2018-003956 (Md. Cir. Ct. Baltimore City).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nerve injury lawsuits, surgical negligence cases, physician negligence lawsuits, medical negligence cases, nursing negligence cases, traumatic brain injury cases, birth trauma injury lawsuits and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Burbank, Bedford Park, Lyons, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Schiller Park, Morton Grove, Niles, Des Plaines, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Hoffman Estates, Bridgeport, Half Day, Highwood, Chicago (Edgewater Beach, Uptown, Sheridan Park, Buena Park, Roscoe Village, Lakeview, North Side, Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, Little Italy, Greek Town, Chinatown, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, Woodlawn, Jackson Park Highlands, Jeffrey Manor, Cottage Grove Heights, Beverly), Wilmette, Winnetka, Westmont, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge and Chicago Ridge, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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