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$14 mil. awarded to woman who suffered stroke after taking medication

Updated: April 18, 2014 9:23PM

A Cook County jury awarded $14 million Friday to an Elmwood Park woman who suffered a severe stroke after taking prescribed birth control medication. She is now wheelchair-bound and requires 24-hour care, according to her attorneys, Clifford Law Offices.

Mariola Zapalski, 37, suffered the stroke after taking the drug Yasmin for 13 days. Her attorney, Bradley Cosgrove asserted during the two-week trial that she should not have been prescribed the medication due to several risk factors, including Zapalski’s age, high cholesterol and the fact she smoked.

“We are pleased with the fact the jury understood the seriousness of this case and the severity of Mariola’s injuries,” Cosgrove said.

The jury award was against Dr. Zbigniew Aniol of Chicago. Last month, Resurrection Medical Center agreed to pay Zapalski $2.5 million in a negotiated settlement in the same case.

Attorneys for Aniol could not be reached late Friday.

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