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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE an attorney whose severe spinal condition was misdiagnosed as simply a bad reaction to an anti-anxiety drug was awarded $6.5 million by a Virginia jury on April 15, though that amount will be reduced to $1.55 million, as required by the state malpractice cap. Craig Allen, 32, told Donna Gamache that he was feeling stressed; she prescribed BuSpar. Allen soon began feeling numbness and tingling in his hands and feet, and, when symptoms worsened, she advised him to lower the dose and seek stress counseling. Allen went to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with spinal cord swelling. He sued Gamache, her practice and her partner. The jury found Gamache and the practice liable, but not her partner. Allen v. Gamache, No. CL01-206-00 (Fredericksburg city, Va., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Malcolm P. McConnell III and Jason W. Konvicka, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Richmond, Va. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Tara M. McCarthy, Colleen M. Gentile and Maura Graham, McCarthy & Massey, Manassas, Va. Source: National Jury Verdict Reporter

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