MASON CITY, Iowa – A trial date has been set in the case of a woman suing a doctor and Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa over claims of negative comments and unwanted touching.
Terra Gaffney’s lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial on January 7, 2020, in Cerro Gordo County District court. She filed the suit on July 25 and is seeking damages from Dr. Stephen Thorn, Mercy, and unnamed Mercy employees. Gaffney claims she was subjected to “disparaging remarks” left on her voicemail and “unconsented and not medically indicated physical touching” during a prenatal appointment.
In their response, Mercy and the other defendants deny any insulting comments were made about Gaffney and that “The only conceivable touching was when Plaintiff (Gaffney) jumped toward Dr. Thorn and unexpectedly and energetically hugged him in her excitement about the ultrasound showing a heartbeat, causing their bodies to touch.”