The IV line was being placed when our client was undergoing an MRI. After multiple failed attempts to gain vascular access, the nurse struck and injured the radial nerve. Our client testified during trial in Supreme Court Queens County that she felt electrical shocks extending up her left arm when the nurse inserted the needle in her left wrist. She subsequently had numbness and pain about the area of trauma, and she reported problems with left thumb flexion.
Our client contended that the nurse was negligent for failing to stop further attempts at vascular access placement and notify the doctor, attempting vascular access at the base of the left thumb at the lateral surface of the wrist, and in failing to notify the doctor that our client sustained a nerve injury. This resulted in a structural injury to the left radial nerve by virtue of a misdirected needle.