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Patient Dies after Medication Error

One day after celebrating her 73rd birthday, Dalia Hernandez was admitted to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to have a gangrenous toe amputated. What was expected to be a short hospital admission turned into tragedy.

According to court documents, Dr. Flavio Alvarez wrote a prescription for 10 mm of potassium phosphate. Changing his mind, Dr. Alvarez made it 20 mm and wrote over the “1” with a “2.” Unfortunately, the nurse read the prescription as 120 mm, which was ultimately filled by the pharmacy. The large dosage of potassium phosphate was more than what was once used in a lethal cocktail given to death row inmates. Nearly five hours after the toxic dose was administered through her I.V., Ms. Hernandez died.

Ms. Hernandez’s family has settled their suit with Northeast Baptist Hospital, but their suit against Dr. Alvarez continues. Counsel for Dr. Alvarez believes the doctor is “not liable because no one could foresee that order would be filled without clarification.”

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.


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