GRETNA –A New Orleans man is suing a local hospital and its staff for medical malpractice alleging a medication error occurred during his treatment.

Michael V. Giangrosso, and wife Loretta, filed suit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation and its staff in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 7.

On Dec. 11, 2010, Giangrosso was admitted to the Ochsner emergency room complaining of abdominal pain and other symptoms. The plaintiff was diagnosed with possible gastrointestinal bleeding and anemia.

The Ochsner physician who saw Giangrosso ordered the administration of Nexium, a drug prescribed for excess stomach acid.

Ochsner nurses were summoned by Giangrosso’s wife to his bedside 12 hours later, where he was experiencing a seizure. At this point it was discovered that instead of Nexium the plaintiff was being administered insulin and his blood glucose levels had dropped to an undetectable level.

The defendant is accused of negligence and medical malpractice.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical and mental pain and suffering, physical and mental impairment, economic losses, loss of consortium, aggravation of existing conditions and loss of a chance of better recovery.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Kenneth V. Ward Jr. of Mandeville.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Jon A. Gegenheimer.

Case no. 726-218.

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