Michelle Keahey Dec. 26, 2012, 12:37pm

NEW ORLEANS - A St. Tammany Parish registered nurse has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was prematurely fired due to allegations that she improperly treated a patient.

Carla D. Touchy filed suit against Lakeview Medical Center d/b/a Lakeview Regional Medical Center and XYZ Insurance Co. on Nov. 9 in St. Tammany Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Dec. 19.

Touchy claims she was discharged from Lakeview Medical Center on Jan. 31, 2012 due to allegations of improper treatment of a patient.

A formal complaint was filed with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing against Touchy and on March 21, 2012 Touchy’s nursing license was suspended by the board, the suit claims.

A hearing in May determined that she did not improperly treat the patient and her license was reinstated, the suit claims.

The defendants are accused of negligence for prematurely and without cause dismissing Touchy from employment, filing a formal complaint with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing against Touchy without properly investigating the matter to determine if there existed any negligence or misconduct, and for causing negative material to be placed in Touchy’s file without cause.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for loss of wages, damage to reputation, increased insurance premiums, frustrations and emotional distress, litigation expenses, interest, court costs, and attorney’s fees.

Touchy is represented by Georgia G. Turgeau of Turgeau Law Firm in Slidell.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-03001

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