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Actor Dennis Quaid Appeals Ruling Dismissing His Medical Malpractice Case In Chicago

The National Law Journal is reporting that the actor Dennis Quaid and his wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois against Deerfield based Baxter Healthcare Corp. concerning a drug overdose his children suffered at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. The actor and his wife claim that the overdose occured, in part, due to confusing drug-labeling by the manufacturer of the drug Heparin.


The lawsuit was filed in Chicago and dismissed by the trial court on jurisdictional grounds. The drugmaker claimed, and the trial and appellate courts have agreed, that the case would be more appropriately filed in California. The Quaids have petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court to hear the case.

The Quaid children were given 1000 times the recommended dosage of the drug Heparin while being treated at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital. While there have been no adverse effect from the overdoes as of yet, the Quaids are concerned about the effect of the overdose on the twins health and well-being in the future.

Goldberg & Goldberg has extensive experience prosecuting cases involving drug and prescription error, including medical malpractice and product liability cases involving the misuse of drugs. In 1991, Barry D. Goldberg obtained a $127,000,000 verdict in a drug product liability cases that is still the largest personal injury verdict in the history of the State of Illinois.

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