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Lawsuit Regarding Pain and Suffering Caused by a Nasty Catheter Accident Will Be Allowed to Proceed

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A California appellate reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss paraplegic Gregory Harry’s lawsuit, in which he claims he suffered “excruciating pain and trauma, permanent injury and loss of functionality,” when a worker at the medical center where he has been treated since 2009, tripped over his catheter and ripped it out of his penis. Harry, who also suffers from paralysis, claims he suffered blood and tissue loss, and enough damage to the tissue in the surrounding area that he required pain medication and the expertise of a urologist to reinsert the catheter. The Orange County Superior Court had previously dismissed the case, ruling that the incident did not fall below the standard level of care. A look in photos at some other unusual lawsuits on the books.

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