Discovery still proceeding in suit alleging tattoo caused staph infection

David Yates May 9, 2012, 6:37am

Discovery is still proceeding in litigation brought by Jamie Gerardo, who sued Lash Co. for a staph infection she developed after getting a tattoo on her right breast.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Aug. 31 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that a notice of discovery was filed in the case on March 23, which included Gerardo's answers to defendant's interrogatories and also her objections and responses to its request for production.

The lawsuit states that Gerardo, a cancer survivor, wanted to have tattoos and permanent makeup applied to her skin. On Sept. 7, 2009, a Lash employee was applying the permanent makeup and injured her eye.

Gerardo was paid a $2,000 settlement and returned to the company for breast tattoos.

"However, defendants failed to use proper sterile technique ... and plaintiff developed a staff infection (sic) which destroyed the tattoo and injured her right breast," the suit states.

Gerardo faults Lash for failing to inform her that tattoo ink is metallic based and negligently failed to warn her that the ink can have adverse affects on cancer patients.

She is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Attorney Larry Hunter of the Beaumont law firm Provost Umphrey represents her.

Houston attorney Ian Beliveaux represents the defendant.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A190-780

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