Medical Malpractice / Medication Error

Plaintiff, a 19-year-old male, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The surgery took place in the morning and by 1:00 p.m. he was in recovery, awake and alert. He visited with family and friends until visiting hours were over and was kept overnight for observation and pain management. He received medication from a female nurse at 8:30 p.m. and then again by a male nurse at 9:15 p.m. At 11:30 p.m. he was examined and vital statistics were taken by the male nurse; he was reportedly resting comfortably. At 12:55 a.m. he was found unresponsive by the female nurse. CPR was initiated, but unsuccessful. Plaintiff died as a result of an anaphylactic reaction and the parents filed suit alleging a medication error.