Christian Morris

Friday, October 29th, 2021 // From 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Subject: Peanut Allergy / TBI

3 hr Case Analysis

Biography

Christian Morris, Esq., is a personal injury trial attorney. She recently received a $29.5 million dollar verdict for a woman who was severely brain damaged due to the negligence of Medic West, an ambulance company that chose to eliminate a lifesaving medication from their medic’s jump bags to save $2.42 per bag. Christian focuses exclusively on personal injury cases and making sure her clients obtain a just verdict or settlement. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada in both state and federal courts. Christian also holds bar licenses in California and New Jersey. In February, 2012, Christian successfully passed the New York State Bar. In 2013, Christian was accepted to the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, and she continues her work with the College and alumni.

Christian was voted Nevada’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association for 2019. She is the second woman in twenty-two years to receive the honor. Christian also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Justice. Christian is well respected in the legal community for her candor, hard work and commitment to the civil justice system. She has conducted both jury trials and bench trials and has published decisions by the Nevada Supreme Court. Christian is the proud mother of Jackman Reese Burnette (age 3) and Winter Ryan Burnette (age 1).

Case Analysis Details

“Giacalone v. Medicwest”

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

In 2013 Chantel Giacalone was a 27-year-old aspiring actress and model living in Los Angeles. Chantel had come to Las Vegas to work at the MAGIC Convention, a fashion trade show hosted by Mandalay Bay. Chantel had a severe food allergy; she was allergic to peanuts. While at the convention she bit into a pretzel that unbeknownst to her had peanut butter in it. She immediately went to the bathroom and gave herself her EpiPen and sent her friend to find Benadryl. Chantel then went to the medic room at Mandalay Bay. The medic room was staffed by two medics from MedicWest Ambulance Company. Chantel told the medics she was having an allergic reaction, that she had given herself her EpiPen, but was not feeling any relief. Instead of immediately treating Chantel under the allergy/anaphylaxis protocol, the medics checked Chantel’s blood sugar, to see if she had an altered mental status.

The medics also did not have IV epinephrine in the concentration of 1:10,000 parts in their medic bags. IV epinephrine is required for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction. Chantel spiraled into full anaphylaxis in the medic room, lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Chantel suffered severe anoxic brain injury. She is now a quadriplegic; she is unable to speak and she requires 24-hour care. The defense argued that Chantel’s reaction was so bad that no treatment could have saved her from her tragic outcome. The jury came to a verdict for Plaintiff in the amount of $29.5 million and the judge had already granted past medical bills in the amount of $1.5 million, for a total judgment in the amount of $31 million. Plaintiff had offered to settle with MedicWest for $7.5 million in 2019.

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