Estate of Gargano v. University of Chicago Hospitals
Verdict: $8 Million
A hospital nurse transposed the numbers on a physician order causing the patient to receive 5 times the recommended dose of a chemotherapy drug. The hospital's nurses failed to cross-check the order against the label of the I.V. drug bag received from the Pharmacy Department. The plaintiff's decedent was undergoing his last round of chemotherapy and had a prognosis for survival of ninety-five percent. This case was featured on ABC's "20/20" television show.