Bedpan suit gets two-month continuance

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 6, 2014, 1:03pm

GALVESTON - The parties in a League City nursing facility resident's personal injury lawsuit were recently given more time to conduct additional discovery from a local state district judge, Galveston County court records indicate.

The case arising from plaintiff Nell Dawson's alleged fall at the Regent Care Center of League City was slated to go to court on Jan. 13; however, an agreed motion for continuance filed Dec. 19, 2013 was granted by Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox before the end of last month.

As previously reported, Dawson is suing RCC League City Inc., Regent Care Center of League City LP and employee Lon Smith, alleging their refusal to provide her with a bedpan resulted in her suffering injuries.

According to the suit, Dawson requested a bedpan from defendant Smith and other staff, but the respondents failed to accommodate her.

After defecating in her bed, the original petition explains, the plaintiff tried to get up and go to the bathroom on her own only to hurt herself.

The RCC entities provided an original answer.

In a hearing on Dec. 30, Judge Cox rescheduled the trial for April 7.

Both parties indicate they will use the extension for the defendants' deposition.

Case No. 13-CV-0015

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