Trial slated in nurse's suit alleging back injuries from holding on to sliding patient

David Yates Jan. 6, 2015, 3:51pm


A late January trial has been slated in a suit brought by Lynda Gore, a surgical nurse who claims she hurt her back while trying to hold on to a patient who was about to slide off a surgical table.

Gore filed suit against Mid County Anesthesia and its employee, Linda Sanders, on Sept. 17, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court, seeking damages for her injury.

Court records show Gore dismissed her claims against Sanders in September, making Mid County Anesthesia the lone defendant left.

The case is set for trial on Jan. 22, according to a courthouse official.

The lawsuit alleges that on Jan. 23, 2012, Sanders was instructed by a surgeon to raise a surgical table. Rather than raising the table, Sanders mistakenly pushed a button that caused the table to lift the patient away from Gore.

“Plaintiff struggled to hold onto the patient to prevent the patient from sliding off the table while defendant Sanders got the table leveled out,” the suit states. “In doing so, plaintiff injured her back and body in general.”

Gore says in her suit that Mid County Anesthesia violated the duty of care owed to her and that Sanders had negligently failed to familiarize herself with the table prior to commencing surgery.

She will ask a jury to award her damages for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

Attorney B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B194-754

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