Orlando Nurses and laboratory technicians should carefully draw blood from patients. When they do not, nerve injury can occur. For some the needle placement causes only temporary pain and injury. Unfortunately, for others, permanent and debilitating nerve injury can result when blood is improperly drawn in a hospital, lab or doctor’s office.
Taking a blood sample is commonplace. Blood results are an integral part of routine patient work-ups. Annually most Americans will see a doctor and have their blood drawn so that a proper evaluation can be made as to their current state of health. Many more individuals will have blood drawn when a sudden illness or trauma occurs. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we know that patients may reasonably expect a brief moment of pain, a quick “sting” when their blood is drawn. However, should you experience excruciating pain and an electric shock feeling down your arm when you have your blood taken - your technician likely injected the needle into a nerve.
While it may appear to be a simple procedure, there are rigorous standards which apply when health care professionals perform a blood draw. When these standards are not carefully followed, nerve injury can result. The two nerves which are often involved in these medical malpractice cases are the radial nerve and the median nerve. Depending on the location of the needle stick and the approach used by the nurse or lab technician, these nerves can be damaged.
Most patients who experience an injury when having blood drawn experience terribly pain immediately when the needle is inserted into the wrist or arm. Patients often express this to the nurse or laboratory technician. Often the needle is quickly removed and no lasting harm occurs. However, when the needle is not removed and the laboratory tries to continue to get the blood the risk of permanent injury is increased. There are times when a patient suffers serious pain, cries out and describes a feeling of electricity running the length of their arm into their wrist, hand and fingers. The correct response by the person taking your blood is crucial.
If you have suffered nerve damage while going to give blood, you have an excellent chance of recovery. Nerve injury can resolve with time. It may take many, many weeks or months, but nerves can come heal. With time, you may become pain free and you may regain the ability to fully use your arm, wrist, hand and fingers. Unfortunately, should you suffer harm to your radial nerve or your median nerve which does not heal within a number of months, the chances are you may well suffer permanent damage.
As Orlando medical malpractice attorneys, we have the expertise to help. Please do not hesitate to fill out the online form or call us for more information.