Rigby, ID asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for Idaho

Q: I had an allergic reaction, after telling the nurse my symptoms she allowed me to drive home.

I had an iron infusion in April. Towards the end I mentioned to the nurse that my legs felt tingly and my skin hurt. Scratching felt like I was tearing my skin. She was not concerned so I didn’t think anything of it. When the infusion was over I stood and told her I felt like there were needles on my feet but other than that I felt fine. She told me I could go home and to go to the hospital if I had an allergic reaction. I started home, about 10 minutes later I was dizzy, confused and nauseous. I puked on the side of the road and everything started to look fuzzy. I ended up swelling, and turns out I’m allergic to venofer. I later found out the clinics policy is to keep you in observation for half an hour, which they didn’t. I have never been allergic to anything and was not aware of what to look for. I could have died, do I have a case?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Idaho attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Under general principles applied nationwide, the short answer is that cases are based on actual damages rather than damages that could have been. I'm glad you're okay. As for the symptoms you describe, you could discuss those with an Idaho attorney as to whether you sustained anything that warrants further medical examination. Good luck

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