LAS VEGAS (AP)– A jury has awarded $29.5 million to the family of a female who was left brain damaged after being treated for an extreme allergy by an ambulance service in Las Vegas in 2013.
Then-27-year-old Chantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after biting into a pretzel instilled with peanut butter while in Las Vegas for a convention, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday. Giacalone, an ambitious star, had functions in “The Butterfly Impact 3: Discoveries” and the web series “Hollow Walls.”
Giacalone’s lawyer, Christian Morris, said she lost oxygen to her brain for a duration of minutes after looking for treatment from MedicWest Ambulance, which was running the medic station that day.
Morris argued in a civil lawsuit that MedicWest Ambulance negligently treated her allergic reaction.
He argued that neither of the 2 medics on-site that day had IV epinephrine, an adrenaline treatment for severe allergies that is needed by the Southern Nevada Health District. According to testament throughout a three-week trial, the requirement was established by a job force the business sits on.
Morris stated the medics rather released intramuscular epinephrine, but IVs are needed for complete anaphylaxis.
He argued the cost of the drug was only $2.42. The suit was seeking more than $60 million in damages for medical costs and emotional suffering.
MedicWest denied any misbehavior and said the outcome was inescapable because of Giacalone’s heightened level of sensitivity to peanuts. Attorney William Drury argued Giacalone never lost consciousness.
” A minimum of my daughter will be taken care of. I’m happy about that,” father Jack Giacalone stated after the decision read on Friday. “All the distress that we have actually been through for the last 8 years, I’m not delighted about. I simply hope MedicWest modifications their ways.”
Jack Giacalone and his wife offer 24-hour care to their quadriplegic child, who needs to be fed through a tube and can just communicate with her eyes, according to the Review-Journal.
Hayley Miller contributed reporting.