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$33M Award Against Walgreens Upheld In Woman’s Death

The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida reports an appeals court has upheld a lower court’s award of $33.3 million to a husband and three of his children in their wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens. Their 46-year-old wife and mother died in 2007 after Walgreen’s pharmacy mistakenly gave her 10 times the prescribed dosage for a blood thinner to treat breast cancer.

Diagnosed in 2002 with breast cancer, she was given an 88 percent chance to recover with the proper treatment. Part of the treatment was a prescription for Warfarin. At Walgreens, an inexperienced pharmacy technician gave the woman 10 milligram tablets instead of the prescribed 1 milligram tablets.

After several weeks of taking the medication, the over dosage led to a brain hemorrhage and her being paralyzed, capable of communicating only by blinking her eyes. After a year of hospitalization, the woman was too weak to continue treatment for cancer. Her cancer spread and she died in 2007.

A “wrongful death” is a death caused by the carelessness (negligence) or misconduct of another person or organization. Crouse Law Firm has years of experience pursuing wrongful death claims. For a free legal consultation, call us today at 919-861-0500 or submit an online form.

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