Provo, UT asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Utah

Q: On my third donation, there was not enough blood flow for some reason from either arm, so a staff member came over⬇️

He told me despite trying both arms he was just going to “unplug” me because they weren’t getting any plasma from me. He turned off the machine, and immediately after, another worker standing by realized he had turned off my machine before giving me any of my blood back. They hadn’t returned me any of my blood prior to turning off the machine. They frantically gave me a power aid and told me I wasn’t able to donate anymore for 2 months minimum since they messed up, and I now had a lot of blood loss. Am I eligible for getting compensation for their mistake? I have had severe fatigue and headaches because of the blood loss and it’s been a huge hinderance on my functionality.

2 Lawyer Answers
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: It appears they acted below the standard of care. It is not clear what the nature and extent of your injuries may entail. If the harm is sufficient, it may be worth hiring an attorney.

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: I would guess that you were donating plasma. I have personally been through that process and I know that you have to sign waivers and acknowledge that you are taking certain risks associated with the process. I think it would be an uphill battle, but you may want to talk to a medical malpractice attorney. I doubt the damages would be worth your time.

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