Woman who passed out after donating blood plasma sues donation facility

Kyle Barnett Nov. 1, 2012, 1:53am

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a blood plasma donation facility for injuries she claims to have received in a fall after being released from its care.

Jennifer Tombow filed suit against Octapharma Plasma, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Sept. 26. Tombow claims that she donated blood plasma at Octapharma Plasma located at 3901 Houma Blvd. in Metairie and that at the time her arm became swollen and started to burn. The plaintiff alleges that after being discharged from the facility she fainted in the parking lot and violently struck her head and tailbone on the parking lot pavement. Tombow asserts that in the fall she received injuries to her head, tailbone, cervical and lumbar spine, lower extremities and exacerbated prior unknown asymptomatic conditions.

The defendant is accused of failing to monitor the plaintiff's medical condition before discharging her, failing to assess the plaintiff upon discharge, improperly extracting plasma from the plaintiff, failing to implement or follow proper protocol and failing to do what should have been done to avoid the incident.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, metal suffering, scarring, disability and disfigurement.

Tombow is represented by Joseph S. Piacun of Metairie-based Gennusa, Piacun & Ruli.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 719-463.

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