How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask AttyHeather Your Own Question
AttyHeather, Lawyer
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 677
Experience:  15 years law practice experience
Type Your Legal Question Here...
AttyHeather is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I had an incident where doctors at UC were doing a biopsy on

Customer Question

I had an incident where doctors at UC Davis were doing a biopsy on my thyroid. A needle slipped and punctured my artery. I have a fistula in my left arm. I do dialysis and this is my life line. A nurse wanted to get access and I told her "I don't think so" No body is supposed to access this arm, she kept insisting and accessed a point where a vein connected the 2 access points. I could not see as my head and neck were being held by a doctor trying to stop the internal bleeding. I told that nurse that she was not allowed to do anything to that arm and still she did. Can I sue for this as per my doctors, that was an assault on my life as that vein is my lifeline connected directly to my heart and I could have died.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  AttyHeather replied 10 months ago.

Hi! I'm Heather. I've been a practicing attorney for the last 15 years, and I'd be happy to assist you for informational and educational purposes.

Expert:  AttyHeather replied 10 months ago.

In order to sue, you would have to have damages. If you were actually harmed in some way from the nurse's actions, and if you can show that the doctor and/or nurse breached a duty of care, then you would be able to sue them. However, if you were not actually harmed, you would not have a case, because you have to have damages as a critical element in this type of lawsuit.

Does that answer your question?

Expert:  AttyHeather replied 10 months ago.

Can you let me know if I've answered your question? Also, you are free to ask follow up questions at no extra charge, so let me know if there is anything else I can assist with.