A California appeals panel has overturned a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he suffered "excruciating pain and trauma" when a worker at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach tripped on a hose that yanked a catheter from his penis.
We'll continue once you're done holding your ween and whining "Ow!"
Gregory Harry, a quadriplegic who relied on catheters to urinate while being treated at South Coast in June 2009, was in his hospital room when a custodial worker tripped over the hose to his hose. A nurse later gave the patient pain medication and tried several times without success to re-connect the catheter before a urologist was summoned to seal the deal.
Harry's lawsuit cited "excruciating pain and trauma, permanent injury and loss of functionality," and also claimed the accident worsened his problems with incontinence.
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But Orange County Superior Court Judge Franz Miller sided with South Coast's attorneys, whose experts had testified the mishap did not fall below the standard of care.
Last week, a three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Santa Ana ruled the case should not be dismissed, citing the difference of opinions of various experts on catheter-tastrophes like poor Harry's.
Legend has it his scream from the moment of yanktitude still echoes in Laguna Beach coves.