Alleging a nurse put concentrated acetic acid on “warts in a sensitive area,” plaintiffs identified only as DRH and DRW have filed suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
The suit was filed Aug. 29 in Jefferson County District Court.
According to the lawsuit, in October 2011, DRH was diagnosed with “warts in a sensitive area" on his body. The urologist scheduled a removal procedure at Christus for Oct. 19, 2011.
To make the warts more visible, a nurse began to apply concentrated acetic acid. The acid is supposed to be concentrated between 5 to 10 percent. However, the nurse used 99 percent concentrated acid on the plaintiff’s “sensitive area,” the suit alleges.
“Plaintiff DRH immediately began screaming in pain as the full-strength acetic acid burned him in this extremely sensitive area,” the suit states.
According to the complaint, the nurses realized they made a “grave mistake” and began irrigating the area with water, which then caused the acid to splash all over the plaintiff’s body.
Since that time, the plaintiff has made several trips to the hospital for treatment for his severe burns, the suit claims.
The suit accuses the Christus nurses of breaching the standard of care.
The plaintiffs are seeking exemplary and actual damages in amount to exceed $1 million.
Beaumont attorney Mitchell Toups of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell represents the plaintiffs.
Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.
Case No. B194-689