Labcorp & Quest Diagnostics Orlando laboratory technicians should carefully draw blood from patients. Otherwise, nerve injury can occur. Innocent patients can suffer brief discomfort, temporary injury and pain from bad needle placement. Unfortunately, as Orlando injury lawyers, we know that life-long nerve injury effecting arm function can occur when blood is improperly drawn in a local lab or hospital.
People routinely go for blood work in the Orlando area and lab techs frequently take blood samples without any complications. That is encouraging because most of us are encouraged to see our doctor at least once a year for a physical examination. Getting blood tests are an integral part of an annual physical evaluation. Without current blood work it would be difficult for doctors to proper evaluate patients’ current state of health. Of course, many more individuals will experience a sudden illness or trauma and require blood tests. While everyone expects some discomfort - a pinch – a poke – you would not anticipate an electric shock throughout your arm. Certainly, you would not expect a life-long disability simply by going to have your blood drawn for lab work.
As Orlando injury lawyers, we expect laboratory technicians to comply with all appropriate, rigorous standards. While it may seem like a simple procedure, specific rules must be followed by health care professionals drawing blood. When these standards are not carefully followed, an injury to the median nerve or a radial nerve injury can result. These two nerves are often involved in this type of lawsuit. Sadly, poorly trained workers or use of bad technique create needless opportunities for nerve injury and harm. This is especially true where the wrong location or approach has been selected by the lab technician or nurse. When that occurs, these nerves can easily be damaged.
Patients who experience an injury when having blood drawn can experience significant pain upon needle insertion. Those patients often cry out and the tech quickly removes the needle and no lasting harm occurs to the radial or median nerves. However, when the needle is not promptly removed or when it is repositioned instead, the odds are greatly increased that serious nerve injury will result. When an individual experiences pain, feels an electric shock in their arm down to their fingers it is consistent with nerve involvement during the blood draw. What the lab employee or nurse does in response is important.
If you or someone you know has suffered nerve damage while having blood drawn, time may well heal the harm suffered. Full recovery is possible within weeks or months. Nerves are tough and can come back. Many folks once again enjoy painless living and regain the ability to use their arm normally. Unfortunately, should you suffer permanent or long-lasting harm to your median nerve or radial nerve, you may wish to contact experienced lawyers to discuss your options. As Orlando injury attorneys, we have the expertise to help. Please do not hesitate to fill out the online form or call us for more information.