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Phlebotomist sued for allegedly injuring nerve in woman's arm while trying to draw blood

A Louisiana patient is suing for damages allegedly sustained during a routine venipuncture. According to an online article from the Louisiana Record, the patient had her blood drawn on July 30, 2015. The suit claims an employee of the lab injured the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve of her left arm. The suit accuses the lab of negligence by failing to train its employees and failing to safely draw blood.

In Louisiana, those who draw blood samples are required by law to be certified and licensed. However, the Louisiana statute exempts clinical laboratory personnel, those under the direct supervision of a physician, and those for whom phlebotomy procedures are within their scope of practice.

A couple is seeking damages after the wife allegedly was injured while having her blood drawn.

Kelly Soileau, wife of, and Gary Soileau filed a suit against Quest Diagnostics Clinical Laboratories Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 29.

According to the claim, Kelly Soileau, was a patient at the defendant's office where she was having some blood drawn on July 30, 2015. The suit states that an employee of the defendant caused the plaintiff injury to her medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve in her left arm.

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