Excessive dose of allergens prompts action against ENT

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 20, 2005, 5:45am

Sharon Weaver-O'Brien filed a medical malpractice suit against Swansea based Ear, Nose & Throat Institute of Southern Illinois in St. Clair County Circuit Court Dec. 9, seeking damages in excess of $250,000.

Weaver-O'Brien also names Murray McGrady, M.D., Peter Selz, M.D. and Cindy Varnum, R.N.

Weaver-O'Brien claims that on Dec. 12, 2003, she received an allergy test at the institute at the recommendation of her regular doctor, McGrady, when Varnum, under the supervision of Selz, negligently administered an excessive dosage of allergens causing her to have an anaphylactic reaction.

In response to the anaphylactic reaction, Selz failed to timely and properly administer efficacious medicines and oxygen to ameliorate the effects of the extreme allergic reaction, according to the complaint.

Weaver-O'Brien claims she suffered an extreme allergic reaction, hospitalization, medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, allergic hypersensitivity, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of income and earning capacity.

John O'Brien, Sharon's husband, claims as a result of his wife's personal injuries he has suffered damages to his marital relations and has lost the services, care, comfort, society and companionship of his wife.

James Parrot of St. Louis represents the O'Brien's.

05 L 718 (20th Circuit)

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