Can the health department be responsible for giving an injection that made my daughter black out at the wheel and wreck her vehicle?

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Can the health department be responsible for giving an injection that made my daughter black out at the wheel and wreck her vehicle?

My daughter was given a 2 step Mantoux test and was sent home. Medical staff did not ask her if she was dizzy or sick or if she needed to sit down for awhile. My daughter blacked out behind the wheel within a mile of the health department and wrapped her vehicle around a tree. She sustained cuts and bruises all over her body and a broken foot. The vehicle was a total loss. Can this medical staff be held accountable for any part of this?

Asked on August 21, 2011 Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If what they did; that is, if one or more of how they--

1) Evaluated whether you daughter should get the test

2) Adminsitered the test

3) Evaluated whether and when she could go home safely

--was negligent, or careless, or did not live up to accept medical standards for conducting this procedure, then malpractice might have been committed. However, be advised that if this was an arm of the government (i.e. the health department), there are usually significant limitations or restrictions on suing them, including havinig only a limited time to act and having to first file the proper notice. If you believe you'd like to explore a lawsuit, then contact a personal injury attorney *immediately* so you  do not run out of time. Good luck.


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