Cecil Roy Thomas died in 2008 when what was supposed to be a routine MRI turned fatal. Thomas was a patient at the Coastal Neurological Institute in Mobile, Alabama. He was being treated for back pain.
As part of the usual MRI process, he was administered an MRI contrast agent, a chemical used to enhance the visibility of the body. However, Thomas had a rapid and severe allergic reaction to the MRI contrast agent chemical. A nurse called 911 and Thomas was eventually taken to Springhill Medical Center where he later died.
His estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging medical malpractice on the part of the clinic. The estate alleged that the clinic should have been but was completely unprepared for such an allergic reaction. Thomas’ death was the result of the failure to immediately administer epinephrine, a common drug used to treat allergic reactions, according to the lawsuit.
At trial, the estate presented evidence that Thomas did not receive epinephrine for more than 16 minutes and not until after the ambulance paramedics arrived. The jury awarded $4.5 million in damages to the estate against the clinic. The jury awarded both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
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The Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifies specialists in a variety of legal fields such as real estate, family, and criminal law. If you need help with a personal injury claim, you should consider seeing a specialist, i.e., a lawyer that has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Only about 3% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. To be certified, a lawyer must be dedicating at least 25% of his law practice to personal injury law. The lawyer must obtain positive references from at least four Texas attorneys who are substantially involved in personal injury law, and one judge of record in Texas whom the lawyer has appeared before as an advocate in a personal injury case. The attorney must also pass an extensive written examination. Then, to maintain Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law, the attorney must continue to be involved in the practice of personal injury law and participate in annual continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, Mr. Heygood, Mr. Orr, and Mr. Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Heygood and Mr. Orr are additionally Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. All three of our partners have been voted by their peers as Super Lawyers in the state of Texas for many years in a row.* Our firm is AV-rated, the highest legal and ethical rating available from the leading law firm rating service.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the knowledge, experience and financial resources necessary to prosecute even the most complex medical negligence case. Our attorneys have successfully represented numerous victims of medical malpractice, including a $6.75 million settlement for the family of an 8 year-old child who suffered permanent brain damage due to medical errors, a $2.2 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit arising from the premature discharge of a newborn infant from the hospital with low glucose levels, and arguing the appeal in a case where the Texas Supreme Court upheld a $9 million dollar jury verdict in a medical malpractice case.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the financial resources to take your case all the way to trial if necessary. There are many instances in which we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried literally hundreds of cases to verdict and have settled hundreds more. We are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice, please contact us by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out our case evaluation form for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2014.