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Blood donor accuses American Red Cross organizers of negligence

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 29, 2018


CHARLESTON — A blood donor is suing the American Red Cross, alleging negligence led to her fainting and suffering injuries at a blood drive.

Alexia Shrewsbury of Rhodell filed a complaint Feb. 28 in Kanawha Circuit Court against American Red Cross Mid Atlantic Region and the Raleigh County Board of Education, alleging they failed to properly manage, supervise and schedule their blood drive.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 22, 2016, Shrewsbury participated in a blood drive at Independence High School in Raleigh County. As a result of the defendants' negligent acts, the suit says, after Shrewsbury donated blood she fainted and struck her head on the floor. 

Shrewsbury says she sustained severe and permanent injuries, resulting in great pain, medical expenses, mental anguish and embarrassment. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide adequate time to recover from her blood donation.

Shrewsbury seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus interest and court costs. She is represented by attorney Bruce L. Freeman of Freeman & Chiartas PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-194

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