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Friday, June 13, 2014

Allergic reaction cited

Medication caused 
kidney damage, suit says

By David Baker
Posted June 13, 2014
214 words

A woman who claims she suffered permanent damage to her kidneys after an allergic reaction to a medication is suing two doctors and the healthcare organizations that employed them.

According to the complaint, in April 2012, Susan J. Birch of Saratoga County went to an urgent care facility operated by Seton Health Systems in Clifton Park, where she was prescribed the antibiotic Zithromax by the defendant physician Axel Herrmannsdoerfer.

Herrmannsdoerfer, the suit says, knew or should have known that Birch was allergic to the medication

The following day, Birch called the facility and described her symptoms to the other defendant physician, Antonio Gregorian.  Gregorian then changed Birch’s prescription to Amoxicillin but allegedly did not advise Birch to go to the facility or any other emergency facility for an evaluation of her condition.

The suit says that as a result of the alleged negligence, “…the plaintiff, Susan J. Birch, was caused to suffer severe and permanent personal injuries, pain, suffering, and disability, all of which required medical attention, and she was further caused to sustain serious economic damages by reason of loss of employment and income, all of which is expected to continue throughout the future.”

Also named as defendants are Seton Health Systems Inc. and St. Peter’s Health Partners.

Birch is represented by the Albany law firm Powers & Santola. Representing the defendants is Thorn, Gershon, Tymann & Bonanni.