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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Injury to the trigeminal nerve


1st Circuit affirms in opinion providing medical context
Settoon v. Morales
2019 CA 0122 (La.App. 1 Cir. 09/27/19)

An Iberville Parish jury trial judgment previously reported at CompQuantum was affirmed on September 27, 2019, with explanatory detail on plaintiff's injuries. See Settoon v. Morales, 74,849 (18th JDC 09/27/18) for the trial post.

Originally reported as an eye injury, the appellate opinion clarifies with description of plaintiff's permanent "trigeminal neuralgia" complaints and consequential major depressive disorder. Injury to the trigeminal nerve can cause sharp episodic pain in the face. Trigeminal neuralgia is not specific to the eye, where Ms. Settoon's complaints were manifest. The condition can be difficult to address. Traditional nerve blocks provide uncertain and temporary relief. Treating physicians testified that Ms. Settoon's condition could not be effectively relieved.

Assignments of error did not include the jury's $340,000 general damage award. Their assessment of $100,000 for future medical expense was affirmed on ophthalmology, pain management and psychology expert testimony.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2019