Parish resident sues Riverland Medical Center

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2002

VIDALIA, La. &045; Many patients complain of tenderness and pain following an intravenous procedure or even a quick stick with a needle. Concordia Parish resident Patsy Cain has filed suit for her injection-related discomfort.

According to court records, Cain checked into Riverland Medical Center on Dec. 30, 1999, for an unnamed malady and was hooked up to an IV.

On Jan. 8, 2000, she was transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria with &uot;multiple areas of redness and ecchymosis.&uot;

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In a suit filed Monday, Cain alleges that Riverland personnel failed to insert and monitor the IV properly and, after the &uot;infiltration,&uot; failed to treat the bruising properly.

The list of damages includes pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages, as well as &uot;permanent nerve damage.&uot;

Baton Rouge attorney Darrel Pappillion, who is representing Cain, said he could not comment on the lawsuit.

On Friday afternoon, Riverland Administrator Vernon Stevens said he had yet to be formally notified of the suit.

&uot;I haven’t been served,&uot; Stevens said, &uot;so I can’t comment on anything right now.&uot;