Economic Damages Expert Testifies In Hepatitis Case

Chemicals, BiomedicalJury deliberations resumed this week in the case of Henry Chanin who is suing drug companies after contracting hepatitis C at a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic.  The lawsuit claims Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp. are liable on several product defect claims.  The two companies made and distributed, the anesthetic propofol used at Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, where Chanin was infected with hepatitis C during a routine procedure in 2006.

Plaintiff’s attorney Robert Eglet and attorney Will Kemp, who represents Chanin’s wife, Lorraine, say the large size of the vials used in endoscopy clinics led to reuse, or “double-dipping,” thereby causing contamination and leading to infection.  They also claim warnings on the vials and in product packaging were inadequate.  Dr. Stan Smith, an expert witness in economic damages, testified that based on the losses Henry and Lorraine Chanin suffered as a result of him contracting hepatitis C, compensation between $4 million and $5 million would be appropriate.

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