Family of Houston girl who died from morphine overdose files lawsuit against pharmacy for negligence

by Jim Orr

The family of a six-year-old girl from Houston, Texas who died from a morphine overdose has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the pharmacy that filled her prescription. Jadalyn Williams died in April 2012 after receiving a prescription from the Cullen Care Pharmacy that contained a morphine dose 10-times more powerful than what was prescribed by her doctor.

Because she was only six years old, Jadalyn had been prescribed only a low dose of morphine sulfate to help her cope with the pain from her sickle cell anemia. The young girl had been taking this drug since she was about one year old without experiencing any serious side effects.

The lawsuit filed by her family alleges that instead of the 15mg dose that was prescribed, they were given a prescription by Cullen Care that contained a 150mg morphine dose. Jadalyn was found dead by her family just one day after receiving just a single dose from this prescription.

The lawsuit filed by Jadalyn’s family against Cullen Care Pharmacy accuses the pharmacy of medical negligence for issuing the excessive morphine prescription that led to her death. A lawyer representing the family had attempted to reach a settlement with the pharmacy, but was forced to file a lawsuit when negotiations broke down.

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According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, more than 4,000 patients are killed each year as a result of prescription errors. Patients who receive a painkiller prescription that contains too much of the medication prescribed by their doctors are at risk of suffering a potentially fatal overdose.

Patients who are being treated with opioid painkillers may also be at risk when they receive a prescription from doctors who are inexperienced in using these drugs for pain management. When patients are prescribed prescription painkillers by doctors who know little about the serious health consequences of these medications, the results can be fatal.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson is among the nation’s leaders in helping patients and families whose lives have been affected by opioid painkiller prescriptions. Our lawyers have helped numerous families in cases involving medical malpractice and opioid painkillers, including drugs such as OxyContin and oxycodone, the fentanyl pain patch, methadone, hydromorphone, Vicodin hydrocodone and others.

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been injured or killed, as a result of prescription errors by a pharmacy involving opioid painkillers, or through medical malpractice by a doctor who improperly prescribed prescription opioids, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for these injuries.

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by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.