A Chicago woman wins $14 million in a case against Yasmin, a birth control drug, after suffering from a debilitating stroke. In this case, the difficult was not linking the pharmaceutical company to the stroke, which occurred 13 days after Mariola Zapalski received her first package of Yasmin and from a timing standpoint, it was crystal clear, says Bradley Cosgrove, the attorney for Zapalski, with the Clifford Law Office in Chicago, Illinois. The only thing that had changed in her life was the recent prescription of Yasmin 13 days prior to her life changing stroke.
Zapalski had various underlying risk factors for stroke, which caused her to be a candidate that had an increased risk of stroke in comparison to a different person, such that Yasmin was an inappropriate drug for this patient, says Cosgrove. She was over the age of 35, had a body mass index that categorized her as obese, had a history of smoking and a high cholesterol level, all of which, when combined together, synergistically increased her risk of stroke such that a progesterone-only hormone pill could have been presented to her and this result would not have occurred.
The patient's damages were very significant and as a result of that, Cosgrove hired and retained 6 distinguished experts to demonstrate to the jury every aspect of the case from a medical standpoint.
The patient's long-term prognosis is that she will had a normal life expectancy but she she permanent left-sided paralysis, is wheelchair-bound, requiring 24 hour care and has brain damage from the stroke, leaving her as a different person today than she was before being prescribed Yasmin.
Bradley Cosgrove, a malpractice attorney, represented Zapalski in this case and is with the Clifford Law Office in Chicago, Illinois. He spoke with the Legal Broadcast Network, providing online, on-demand, legal news video content. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.