Posted: January 18, 2014

A Montgomery County jury has awarded $5.1 million for a woman who suffered severe injuries after a medication error caused her to be injected with a concentrated decongestant instead of a local anesthetic before routine sinus surgery. Even after discovering the medication error during the June 2010 procedure on Jacqueline Ditore, of Hatboro, her doctor did not immediately terminate the operation and complications arose as a result. Ditore, now 48, suffered a cardiac arrest and an anoxic brain injury that permanently impaired her sight, balance and cognition. The verdict was handed down late Thursday. Representing Ditore were Kline & Specter attorneys Andy Youman, Jason Pearlman and Kristen Loerch Sipala.