ST. LOUIS — A wife of a veteran is suing the United States of America, citing alleged negligence in keeping veterans affairs location safe, which resulted to injuries.

Michelle Keeling filed a complaint on April 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the U.S. alleging that the Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an agency of the U.S government, failed to use ordinary care to warn and protect the plaintiff and her husband against dangerous conditions or patients.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 21, 2014, the plaintiff claims she was visiting her veteran husband, who was at Cochran VA, when another patient, Barry Keith Peer sexually assaulted the plaintiff. As a result, Keeling suffered emotional injury, insomnia and economic losses. 

The plaintiff holds the United States of America responsible because its veteran hospital failed to separate troubled patients from other patients, failed to maintain adequate monitoring or control over Peer, failed to maintain a sitter for the patient and failed to respond timely during the attack.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount to compensate for loss and damages, costs of suit, and for such other relief as the Court deems just and proper. She is represented by David N. Damick of The Law Offices of David N. Damick in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Case number 4:17-cv-01331

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