$38.3 Million Verdict against McKesson Medication, LLC and Local Neurosurgeon

Partners Julie Braman Kane and Joseph Kalbac secured a $38.3 million verdict on behalf of their client, a former Miami Beach emergency room nurse who suffered a debilitating condition after undergoing surgery for a repair of a spinal fluid leak. The neurosurgeon injected the plaintiff’s intrathecal space with Methylene Blue, a drug product the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned was contraindicated for intraspinal injection. The warnings were eliminated from the operating room and thus unavailable to the surgeon. In 2009, a Miami-Dade jury found the defendants, McKesson Medication, LLC and the local neurosurgeon, negligent and at fault for damages.

Large pharmaceutical companies have a team of attorneys and unlimited resources to defend any action brought against them. When you suffer harm due to the negligence of a large corporation, you need pharmaceutical lawyers with decades of successful results taking on high-profile clients.

Our drug injury lawyers have extensive experience representing victims in products liability actions and pharmaceutical lawsuits who have suffered from taking dangerous prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

If you suffered devastating injury or illness as a result of pharmaceutical malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a reputable Florida pharmaceutical malpractice attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson to get started on your case.


Drug manufacturers must exercise reasonable care in the labeling, manufacturing conditions, and dissemination of vital dangerous medications information to medical doctors and pharmacists concerning the risks of their products. Serious incidents can occur as the result of taking an improperly manufactured drug or a medication that causes serious adverse reactions.

Common drug injuries can range from physical disabilities, organ failure, and birth defects to even wrongful death. There have been numerous reports of defective medications, including COX-2 inhibitors, erectile dysfunction drugs, osteoporosis treatments, psychiatric drugs and cholesterol medicines. The list of dangerous and defective drugs is extensive and includes some medications that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled, as well as others that doctors still prescribe.


We have experience litigating on behalf of clients injured by a variety of faulty drugs, including the following medication and medical products:

We have received numerous drug lawsuit verdicts and settlements for clients affected by medical negligence. Medical malpractice lawyers Joseph J. Kalbac, Jr. and Julie Braman Kane represented a nurse who sustained a serious injury after undergoing spinal surgery. The neurosurgeon injected her with Methylene Blue, even though the FDA warned against using this product for this particular operation.

However, the warnings were removed from the operating area, and the doctor was not aware of these potential health risks associated with this type of medication. We filed suit against the neurosurgeon and McKesson Medication, LLC. A jury found them at fault and awarded our client a $38.3 million verdict.


In order for you to be awarded the compensation that is rightfully yours, your attorney will need to be able to show that another party’s negligence caused your injury or illness. There are multiple parties who could be found culpable for the pharmaceutical mistakes in question. Some of the parties who are commonly found liable in Florida pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuits include:

  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Other healthcare providers
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Drug manufacturers
  • Drug companies

Your attorney will carefully review the evidence in your case in order to ensure that all parties who contributed to your injury or illness are brought to justice. This way, you can be sure that you are maximizing your opportunities to be awarded full compensation.


When you have suffered devastating injuries or illnesses as a result of pharmaceutical malpractice, your entire life could be changed. Your life may have been dramatically affected in a number of different ways as a result of your healthcare provider’s negligence.

Fortunately, when someone else is at fault, you have the right to be made whole. This means that you should be repaid for all of the different economic and non-economic damages that have destroyed your life. Economic damages have a fixed monetary value. Some of the more common ones that you could recover in your Florida pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuit include:

  • Loss of income
  • Diminished earning potential
  • Unexpected child care expenses
  • Costs of household maintenance
  • Costs of daily living expenses
  • Hospital bills, medical equipment, and healthcare expenses

But you have the right to be repaid for non-economic damages as well. Although non-economic damages do not have a fixed monetary value, they can have a significant impact on your life and you should be repaid for them accordingly. With that being said, some of the non-economic damages that you could recover if you win your case include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of companionship and love
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Damage to your reputation
  • Inconvenience

There is also a possibility that you could be awarded punitive damages in your case. These are awarded when the court finds the actions of the liable party to be abhorrent or reprehensible in nature. You can learn more about how much you could be awarded in your pharmaceutical malpractice claim when you contact your attorney.


If you or a loved one developed a serious injury or condition after taking a dangerous drug or using a medical device, talk to a pharmaceutical malpractice attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson. For no charge, you can find out if you have a potential case against the negligent drug manufacturer or other responsible parties during a free consultation.

We offer no-cost, risk-free case reviews to victims of pharmaceutical malpractice across the state of Florida. Take advantage of this opportunity and schedule yours today. You can complete our online contact form or give our office a call at 305-476-7400 to get started.

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