Posted October 12, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 80,000,000 COVID-19 tests have been reported in the United States. With that many tests and more being administered each day, it is no surprise that injury and accidents can occur.
This was the case for one woman who received a nasal swab to test for COVID-19. While getting swabbed, the test swab had punctured the woman’s brain lining, causing fluid to leak from her nose, putting her at risk for life-threatening infections.
Because the woman had an undiagnosed rare condition, though the test may have been done properly for most Americans, it was not safe for her.
After receiving her COVID-19 test, the woman had returned home, where she developed a headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, and aversion to light as well as noticed the fluid dripping from her nose.
When she was admitted to the hospital for care, doctors found that the patient had an encephalocele or a defect at the base of the skull which made the brain’s lining protrude into the nose where it was susceptible to rupture.
Though the test she had received likely was given improperly, the reality is this is not a common occurrence for most people. For those administering the COVID-19 test, they must be mindful of patients who have received extensive sinus or skull base surgery, or have a condition similar to this patient. These patients should consider requesting oral testing if it is possible.
While these events are unlikely for most people, and the risk for adverse reactions to nasal tests remains low, physicians must be mindful of patients’ conditions while giving COVID-19 tests.
However, if you do sustain an injury after receiving a COVID-19 test, know that you can seek compensation if the provider’s actions were negligent or they failed to follow a reasonable standard of care.
During these trying times, mistakes are bound to happen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight for your rights.
COVID-19 Nasal Swab Injury: COVID-19 Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have become injured after receiving a COVID-19 test, you need to report all the actions that were taken by medical staff. If you informed them of a preexisting condition or prior surgeries which place you at risk of complication because of the test, yet no steps were taken to protect you, you have legal rights. Let us help you pursue them.
Contact the COVID-19 personal injury attorneys today. We will fight for you.
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