Patient claims nerve damage after blood draw procedure

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 27, 2018

BENTON — A patient is suing the U.S. government for $5 million, claiming injury after having blood drawn at a facility operated by the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, a federal government agency.

Beverly Heard filed a complaint on Nov. 7, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, against the U.S. government, alleging that the foundation failed to perform a venipuncture procedure (blood draw) in a safe manner.

Heard alleges that on Jan. 15, 2016, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, administered a blood draw on her left arm. She claims she suffered nerve damage as a result.

The injury caused allegedly caused severe pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement. Heard holds the federal government responsible because its agents allegedly negligently caused nerve damage to her left arm.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of $5 million plus costs. She is represented by Lloyd M. Cueto of Law Office of Lloyd M. Cueto PC in Belleville.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Case number 3:18-cv-02056-SMY-SCW

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