The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. recently obtained a $1.2 million verdict in a jury trial in the DuBois County Superior Court in Jasper, Indiana.
The medical malpractice verdict was reached by the jury on January 21, 2011, in the case of Meserve v. P. Bryan Lilly, D.O. In July of 2004, Dr. Lilly chose to prescribe a 75 microgram Duragesic patch to a patient he saw in the emergency room, Chad Aders. The Duragesic patch distributes a potent narcotic called fentanyl through the skin and into the patient’s bloodstream. The dosage prescribed by Dr. Lilly was far in excess of the manufacturer’s recommendations for the administration of the drug. Mr. Aders had the prescription filled, applied the patch as he had been instructed, and was found dead in his bed the following day. He was 37 years old and left behind three children, ages 7, 8 and 17.
Jerry Garau represented Mr. Aders’ children in the case, which was tried from January 18 to January 21, 2011. After four days of trial, the jury needed only 58 minutes to return a verdict for the full amount requested, $1,206,394.72.