Cook County (Ill) Circuit Court
A 47-year-old woman presented with menorrhagia, for which her Ob/Gyn prescribed oral contraceptives (OCs). Approximately 1 month later, the woman suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that resulted in aphasia.
In suing, the woman contended that, as per the standard of care, she should have been prescribed progesterone—not OCs—due to a family history of strokes.
The defendant, while aware of the patient’s history, believed the benefits of OCs outweighed the risks.
- The jury awarded the plaintiff $545,000.