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Las Vegas family is awarded $29.5M after aspiring actress is left brain damaged and can only communicate with her eyes following negligent medical treatment for an allergic reaction to a peanut butter pretzel

 A jury has awarded $29.5 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged after being treated for a severe allergic reaction by an ambulance service in Las Vegas in 2013.

Aspiring actress and model Chantel Giacalone, who was 27 at the time, went into anaphylactic shock after biting into a pretzel infused with peanut butter while in Las Vegas for a convention, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Chantel is now quadriplegic and lives in her parents' dining room where they provide her with 24-hour care.


She can only communicate with her eyes and has to be fed through a tube. 

Giacalone's lawyer, Christian Morris, said she lost oxygen to her brain for a period of minutes after seeking treatment from MedicWest Ambulance, which was running the medic station that day.

Morris argued in a civil lawsuit that MedicWest Ambulance negligently treated her allergic reaction.

hantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after biting into a pretzel infused with peanut butter while in Las Vegas for a convention in 2013

hantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after biting into a pretzel infused with peanut butter while in Las Vegas for a convention in 2013

MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and said the outcome was inevitable because of Giacalone's heightened sensitivity to peanuts

MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and said the outcome was inevitable because of Giacalone's heightened sensitivity to peanuts


He argued that neither of the two medics on-site that day had IV epinephrine, an adrenaline treatment for severe allergic reactions that is required by the Southern Nevada Health District. 

According to testimony during a three-week trial, the requirement was established by a task force the company sits on.

Morris said the medics instead deployed intramuscular epinephrine, but IVs are required for full anaphylaxis.

He argued the cost of the drug was only $2.42. 

The lawsuit was seeking more than $60 million in damages for medical expenses and emotional suffering.

Chantel Giacalone is seen attending an event at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on March 25, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California

Chantel Giacalone is seen attending an event at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on March 25, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California

MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and said the outcome was inevitable because of Giacalone's heightened sensitivity to peanuts. 

Attorney William Drury argued Giacalone never lost consciousness.

'At least my daughter will be taken care of. I'm happy about that,' father Jack Giacalone said after the verdict was read on Friday. 

'All the anguish that we´ve been through for the last eight years, I'm not happy about. I just hope MedicWest changes their ways.'

Giacalone had roles in productions such as the 2009 movie 'The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations,' 'Hollow Walls,' and 'Skyler' . 

MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and said the outcome was inevitable because of Giacalone's heightened sensitivity to peanuts.
Chantel is pictured above

MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and said the outcome was inevitable because of Giacalone's heightened sensitivity to peanuts

Her father added that before attending the trial he told his daughter 'Don't worry, the truth will come out. And we're going to finally find out what happened to you that day in the room'.

He said she started crying. 'She's still in there. She still has emotions. She's still crying. But when I get home, I'll see her, and we'll straighten everything out,' Jack Giacalone said.

She is now 35 and her life expectancy is 55. 

2 comments:

  1. So she didn't know she was allergic to peanuts? Why didn't the ambulance have the right drug in stock? She probably developed her allergy when her parents gave her vaccines when she was a kid. And then the medical industry fucks her up again by giving her the wrong drug when she has a reaction. I feel there is more to this story than what they are saying. How can she not know she was allergic to peanuts at her age? I can't imagine a vendor selling a product with peanuts and not making that clear to customers. They had to make it clear because they are not the ones that got sued. So did this allergy just come out of the blue for no reason? That doesn't make much sense either. It's unlikely she would forget she was allergic to nuts. The story makes no sense. There has to be more to it they are not saying.

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    1. I agree. how could she not SMELL the peanuts????

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