What are my options on an injury that occurred at a medical clinic?

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What are my options on an injury that occurred at a medical clinic?

I went for a health screening, and was
giving a blood sample. The nurse
seemed to mess up and snatched the
needle around, hurting my arm. Shortly
after, I was left alone for some amount
of time, shortly waking up on the
ground. The nurse walked in as I stood
up and said nothing. I fell out again
while walking to the front desk. At
some point, I hit my head and busted it
open, and also injuring my neck. They
glued my head but nothing was
pursued about my neck injury. I was
also told I would hear about the camera
recording, but have heard nothing.

Asked on February 1, 2018 under Malpractice Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

IF you have some evidence or reason to believe that your injury was caused by something they did, you may have a viable lawsuit for any medical costs, lost wages and--if you suffer some significant and long lasting disability or life impairment--"pain and suffering." But you need evidence that they caused you to pass out--and not just that they caused it, but caused it through their negligence or carelessness. If you passed out because you are unusually susceptible to having blood drawn and they had no reason to  know of that, they are not at fault; they would also not be at fault if you passed out due to having the flu, due to low blood sugar, due to lack of sleep, etc. Without fault, they are not liable for your injury. They must be at fault for you to have a potential claim or lawsuit; the mere fact that you were hurt at their facility does not, by itself, make them liable.


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