Appeals Court Upholds $33.3 Million Verdict Against Walgreens for Pharmacy Mistake

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 3:45pm PDT

Beth Hippely died from a medication overdose in January 2007. In August 2007, her family went to trial and won a $33.3 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens Pharmacy. Walgreens appealed the jury verdict, but last month a Florida court of appeals ruled in favor of the family, saying the lower court's ruling stands as is.

The lawsuit stems from an unfortunate incident of pharmacy negligence. Hippely was on blood thinner medication as part of her breast cancer treatment. Her family claims that a teenage pharmacy technician accidently gave Hippely a dosage of the medication that was 10 times stronger than what she had been prescribed. As a result, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and paralysis, which ultimately led to her death.

Are You a Victim of Pharmacy Negligence?

The sad reality is that the almost all pharmacy errors are 100% preventable, and usually occur because the pharmacist or pharmacy technician was careless or made a mistake. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we believe that any error or mistake that leads to the injury or death of a patient is absolutely unacceptable. Medication errors in particular are one of the most dangerous forms of pharmacy malpractice. When a patient receives too high a dosage, or when the patient is given the wrong medication all together, the consequences can be deadly, as made evident by Hippely's case.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating condition or complication due to a medication error or some other form of pharmacy negligence, a North Carolina medical malpractice attorney at Lanier Law Group, P.A. can help you exercise your legal rights to compensation. To schedule an appointment to discuss your claim, please call 855.234.7619!

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