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Marrone said his client got eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow.
Then, Marrone said, emergency room staffers insisted on examining his rectum and held him down while he begged, "Please don't do that." He said Persaud hit a doctor while flailing around and staffers gave him an injection, which knocked him out, and performed the rectal exam.
Persaud woke up handcuffed to a bed and with an oxygen tube down his throat, the lawyer said, and spent three days in a detention center.
Originally posted by whitewave
As a legal nurse consultant, I can tell you that this man has a winnable lawsuit. It is against the law and against the "standards of care" to force treatment on a patient who is in their right mind, of age, and refusing treatment.
Yes, there are less intrusive ways to determine spinal injury. If he's able to flail about and smack the staff, he probably doesn't have spinal injury. There's also x-rays, MRI's, CT's, clinical symptoms. In 27 years of practice, I've never even heard of doing a rectal exam to determine spinal injury. It would not even be necessary to determine internal bleeding. There was absolutely no reason to do a rectal exam. He could sue them for assault and battery as well as sexual assault.