Can I sue my father's nursing home for an injury that happened while an attendant was getting him ready for bed.

Asked almost 2 years ago - Saint Louis, MO

My father has been on a catheter for three years. I have had to take him to a urologist to have it changed because the home where he is botches it every time. Three nights ago an attendant pulled my dad's catheter while getting him ready for bed. He has severe trauma to the urethra and has been hospitalized since it occurred. My father says that this attendant is always rough and has complained about him regularly. He says he told the gentleman to be careful but he did not heed my fathers warning. I am furious.

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  1. David W. Terry

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . You can certainly file a lawsuit against a nursing home for injuring your father. Not only are there policies and procedures that nursing homes are supposed to follow, but there are regulatory rules as well. Most of the policies and regulatory rules are designed to provide quality care to the residents or to keep the residents safe. I am in St. Louis and have been pursuing cases against the nursing home industry for twelve years. I would be happy to talk with you about your options.

  2. Chris Matthew Limberopoulos

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . We don't have enough acts to determine whether you have an actionable claim.
    I suggest you visit a lawyer in St. Louis.
    Use the Find A Lawyer tab.

  3. Thomas W. Pleasant

    Contributor Level 3


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    Answered . Your father may very well have a claim, but the cost and time to pursue a medical case like this could be cost prohibitive. You should discuss this with a lawyer in your state who specializes in medical cases.

    DISCLAIMER: Thomas W. Pleasant is licensed to practice law in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.... more
  4. Rick E Woods


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . You need to consult local counsel. Also contact your local state ombudsman.

    This response should not be constued as legal advice on how to proceed as our firm does not have enough... more
  5. Kenneth Lee LaBore


    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . Nursing homes have a duty under federal and most state laws to prevent accidents and injuries. Although regular use of a catheter can cause problems with the urethra.

    I would have the medical records reviewed by a nursing home neglect and abuse attorney in your area.

    Good luck.

    AVVO DISCLAIMER I am licensed in Minnesota only and my answers on Avvo assume Minnesota law. The answers I... more

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