Gentamicin ototoxicity cases are highly technical. Many good plaintiff cases have been rejected by attorneys who didn’t understand the gentamicin ototoxicity issues, or who had the cases reviewed by nurses or physicians who had limited understanding of gentamicin administration. Often, it is the hospital or home infusion company, not the prescribing physician who is negligent. All aspects of a potential case need to be thoroughly evaluated. Further technical information for attorneys evaluating gentamicin poisoning cases is provided in this website.
Many attorneys mistakenly believe that gentamicin cases are product liability or class action cases (this notion seems based on a few cases that resulted from a batch of tainted gentamicin imported years ago that caused certain neuropathies).
If you are an attorney evaluating a medical malpractice case where gentamicin use resulted in a balance disorder (vestibulopathy) or a vision disturbance where the client complains of bouncing vision (oscillopsia) it is critical that you consult a competent infectious disease expert AND damages expert.
Keith S. Douglass & Associates, LLP, is a Washington State law firm; however, Keith Douglass has associated with dozens of out of state attorneys and has either been given their gentamicin case on a referral basis or worked with that firm at the beginning, middle and/or end of those cases, whatever the need may be. We are here to support and/or consult with you.