Patient alleges nurse prescribed medication that led to complications

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

GALVESTON — An elderly woman is suing a nurse and medical facility, alleging the plaintiff was prescribed a medication that led to her developing medical complications.

Hazel Irene Dever, 86, filed a complaint May 22 in Galveston County District Court against family nurse practitoner Nancy M. Hernandez and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston TMB, alleging negligence.

Dever said she went to the UTMB facility May 4, 2017, in Galveston with a light cough. The plaintiff then said she made an appointment for May 9, 2017, to be seen for the cough. 

The suit says Dever was diagnosed with an upper respiratory tract infection and given medication, and on May 22, 2017, she followed up. Dever says she was seen by Hernandez at UTMB and was prescribed medication for the cough. 

The plaintiff alleges she also was given a black box medication, which was known by the FDA to have risks associated with it. Dever says she began to have complications within three days and began to experience swelling, pain and weakness in her ankles.

Dever seeks judgment in her favor. She is representing herself.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0954

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