A few months ago, I had my blood drawn for a routine blood test. When the phlebotomist injected the needle, I felt a sharp shooting pain down my arm all the way to my wrists and hands and some fingers also became numb. I didn't mention anything at the time as I thought the pain would subside. A few days later, the pain was still there. I consulted several doctors and nurses and they mentioned it was likely a nerve or tendon was hit. I also reported this to the lab supervisor. Fast forward to now and although it's better, I still feel pain sensations whenever I extend it, so I'm looking to seek damages from the company as my quality of life is affected. Would appreciate advice on how I can proceed with seeking damages, if it's worth my time and how much I could realistically be compensated.
It's best to have an actual consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to determine whether you have a good claim, what the possible damages could be and whether the case would be worth pursuing. Any attorney you contact should provide a free consultation. I refer friends and family to McDermott Newman PLLC.
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It certainly does sound like a nerve injury, and it is possible that resulted from malpractice. These cases are not uncommon, but it is not a foregone conclusion that your injury was the result of error versus an unfortunate mistake. The angle of entry, whether the needle was promptly removed when it was clear the nerve was struck -- there are many paths to proving negligence but be warned that none are assured. In terms of damages you should aggressively treat this. The concern is that you develop complex regional pain syndrome. Some cases of phlebotomist-induced crps have resulted in profound loss of arm strength and feeling. Treatment is vital. For a monetary valuation, we would need to know if your condition has stabilized, is worsening, will improve, and a host of other factors. A records review and consultation is the only way to do it. Best of luck.
It doesn't seem like you have a firm diagnosis for your injuries. WIthout knowing that and the mechanism of injury, establishing a case would be difficult.
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