CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.
Since 2007, plaintiffs' attorneys across the country have been filing lawsuits against a handful of medical device manufacturers who make pain pumps, including Breg, Inc. The purpose of pain pumps is to provide localized post-surgical pain relief by infusing anesthetic directly into the wound site for a few days following surgery. In this two week trial, the plaintiff claimed that the surgeon's use of a Breg pump for the continuous infusion of local anesthetic following a partial shoulder replacement, into the subacromial space, caused the 33-year-old vascular technologist to develop post-arthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis. Breg denied the plaintiffs' claims. Plaintiff's asked for $800,000 in economic losses, $3,000,000 in pain and suffering, and $7,000,000 in punitive damages. After two days of deliberations, the judge ordered a mistrial on July 2, 2012.
Sandra Giannone Ezell, Richmond, VA was lead trial counsel in Barnes.