Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against J&J Over Insulin Overdose

May 24, 2014
by Adler Markoff & Associates

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    Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against J&J Over Insulin Overdose

    Three medical device manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, are facing a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges a man’s insulin overdose was caused by problems with a OneTouch Ultra Blood Glucose meter and test strips. According to the complaint, filed in late December 2012, Cousin died one year after going into a coma in December 2010, due to an insulin overdose from a OneTouch Ultra Blood Glucose meter. If you have suffered a side effect that you believe to have been caused by a defective medical device, or if you lost a loved one to a fatal reaction, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at AMA Law today. You may have grounds to file a product liability or wrongful death lawsuit against the medical device maker, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.


    According to allegations raised in the wrongful death lawsuit, Leslie Cousin’s fatal insulin overdose was caused by the defective blood glucose meter and test strips, which the family says provided inaccurate blood sugar readings. The meter apparently reported that Cousin’s blood sugar level was very high, leading him to take too much insulin and slip into a coma, before dying a year later. The wrongful death suit accuses the defendants of designing and manufacturing a defective product and failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with the faulty medical device. Cousin’s family is seeking damages for physical injury, medical bills, loss of income and earning capacity, disability, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and wrongful death.


    The complaint notes that the test strips, manufactured by Lifescan Inc., sold by Diabetes Management and Supplies, and possibly used by Cousin, were recalled due to problems with inaccurate blood sugar readings. The recall was issued in March 2010 and affected approximately 14,000 packages of OneTouch SureStep blood glucose meter test strips. The strips were recalled after it was discovered that they could provide incorrect readings of blood glucose levels in patients. Although it is unclear whether these particular test strips were used by Cousin before his death, both Diabetes Management and Supplies and Lifescane Inc. are listed as defendants in the lawsuit, along with the maker of the OneTouch Ultra Blood Glucose Meter – Johnson & Johnson.


    Medical devices like blood glucose meters are designed to aid in the evaluation and treatment of serious medical conditions, like diabetes. Unfortunately, when these products contain defects in their manufacture or design, the consequences can be devastating for patients and their families. If you used the OneTouch Ultra Blood Glucose Meter or another potentially defective medical device, and you have since experienced an adverse medical event, consult our reputable lawyers at AMA Law as soon as possible. Our team of skilled attorneys has extensive experience protecting the rights of patients harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and related medical bills.

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