Negligent Blood Draw Verdict

Kamalahasan v. Providence Health and Services, Multnomah County Case No. 1312-17148

In January of 2012 Plaintiff Kamalahasan was having her blood drawn at a Providence facility.  She felt a shooting pain run up her arm when the needle was inserted.  She told the phlebotomist about the pain but rather than withdraw the needle, the phlebotomist moved it around to continue the blood draw.  Kamalahasan claimed that she suffered a permanent nerve injury as a result. She had to stop working as a pre-school teacher for a year and a half.  She sought $27,176.45 for past medical expenses, $16,000.00 for lost wages, and $750,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Defendant Providence admitted that Kamalahasan had her blood drawn on the date alleged but denied that there was ever any complaint about shooting pain or that Kamalahasan was injured as a result of the blood draw.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – John Devlin

Defense Counsel – Drake Hood

Verdict – $537,176.45

Date – November 5, 2015

November 10, 2015

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