Q: Is this reason enough to sue for medical malpractice or medical negligence?
I was admitted to a hospital on Oct.15-Nov 2. During that time I had to have several blood draws in which I had blood drawn from the same place previously or and area of the vein that was close which has caused severe vein wall damage and the possibility of having to have a port surgically implanted. I ended up getting a midline/Doppler IV in both arms in which one blew. I was bruised severely on both arms and have hardened/ hurting veins now. I’m currently back in the same facility and experiencing the same thing. Is there anything that can be done about this? I also have pictures to show.
A: I am sorry to hear about your injuries. The answer to your question depends upon the applicable standard of care. If the hospital did not comply with the applicable standard of care, you may have a claim for negligence or medical malpractice. There are obviously many locations on the human body from which blood may be drawn. If the hospital continued to draw blood from the same location when it was obvious that that location had bruising from previous draws, and if you were injured as a result, you should consider speaking with a medical malpractice attorney in your area. I would also recommend that you make sure that the next time you are having blood drawn you inform the nurse or technician that you are having pain in that area due to previous draws and request that they draw the blood from a different area.
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