Jul 1, 2010 7:38 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Wrongful Death Verdict

A wrongful death case in St. Landry Parish is over. An Opelousas jury awarded a $7.5 million verdict to a Krotz Springs couple. The two week trail ended Saturday morning, but the case began 7 years ago.

It was January 3, 2003 when the parents of Brianna Hutto took their infant to Opelousas General Health System's emergency room. She was diagnosed with a fever and cold and her parents were instructed to give her "Infant's Tylenol." 5 days later, on January 8th, the 5 month old died of liver failure.

"They were devastated, as you can imagine. I mean they were 18 at the time, they just lost their 5 month old baby," Hutto's attorney, Barry Domingue said. "Their whole life was taken from them. Words can't describe... they have felt that way continuously, the pain has not gone away."

Domingue says OGHS and McNeil-PPC, the company that makes Infant's Tylenol, are to blame for Brianna's death. He says, the hospital and company misinformed the family on the proper dosage amount of the medicine. And Saturday, an Opelousas jury agreed... Awarding the parents $7.5 million.

OPGS released this statement in response to the verdict, The community of Opelousas General Health System was deeply saddened by the death of this infant, and hopes the family can find some comfort through this resolution. These extremely rare outcomes are difficult for caregivers to bear, but our hospital is proud of the quality care we provide to the residents of Opelousas and we are committed to serving every patient that comes through our doors. "

Meantime, Infant's Tylenol was recently recalled in May of this year. Domingue says he hopes it stays off of shelves for good. "I think the most important part of this story is not necessarily the amount of money that was awarded, but the fact that Infant's Tylenol is a dangerous product."



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