$550,000 verdict in Medication Errors case

Rockland, Knox County, Maine. Plaintiff, an elderly lady, was diagnosed with cancer and was prescribed a chemotherapy drug by her doctor.  Because the pharmacist at Wal-Mart Pharmacy gave her a wrong prescription, which was a stronger dosage cancer drug, plaintiff developed severe side effects caused by the wrong drug.  Due to defendant’s negligence and pharmacy error, plaintiff incurred internal bleeding, was in the hospital for five weeks and received numerous blood transfusions.  Although her cancer did go into remission, plaintiff sustained pain and suffering from her adverse reaction and incurred $70,000 in medical bills.  Prior to trial, the settlement offer was $100,000.