Hall v. I.V. Care of Middle Ga., Inc., Ga., Bibb Co. St., No. 59967, Jan. 28, 2010.
Mearline Hall, 66, received regular in-home nursing care from home health aides employed by I.V. Care of Middle Georgia, Incorporated. During a visit to Hall’s home, an I.V. Care aide was refilling the medications Fentanyl and Marcaine into a pain pump that was implanted into Hall’s back. As the aide injected the medications, Hall complained of tingling fingers. Nevertheless, the aide continued injecting the medications.
Hall subsequently lost consciousness and was later taken to a hospital by ambulance. She remained comatose for 25 days before her death. Hall is survived by her husband and two adult children.
Hall’s husband, individually and on behalf of her estate, sued I.V. Care, alleging its aide administered an overdose of the medications by using an improperly sized needle to inject them into the pump. The plaintiffs claimed that there was nothing defective about the pain pump that was implanted in Hall’s back and, therefore, her death resulted from a drug overdose.
The jury awarded $1 million plus about $278,300 in prejudgment interest.
James J. Sadd, Atlanta, Ga.
Timothy K. Hall, Macon, Ga.