Margo Heller-Levy v. Egilius Spierings, M.D.

More than 23 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Of those 23 million, approximately 75% are women. 80% of migraine sufferers also have nausea associated with an attack. Compazine is one medication that may be prescribed to alleviate the nausea.

Margo Levy is one such migraine sufferer. As such, she approached Dr. Spierings for treatment options. Over the course of eight years, Dr. Spierings prescribed Compazine. He failed, however, to inform Mrs. Levy that long-term use could lead to some serious side effects, namely tardive dyskinesia, which is marked by involuntary, irreversible movements of the face, lips, eyes, and extremities. Due to Compazine use for eight years, without the benefit of a "drug holiday," or similar break from use, or sufficient warning against prolonged use, Mrs. Levy has developed tardive dyskinesia.

Through collaboration with Daniel McGlynn, of McGlynn, Glisson & Koch in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Paul and John were able to obtain a $400,000 recovery for Mrs. Levy prior to filing suit.