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Staff nurse assaulted by mental health patient

A staff nurse suffered multiple injuries when she was assaulted by a patient while working on a mental health ward.

The work of our health care professionals has been brought into sharp focus during the coronavirus pandemic.

Time after time we have heard staff say: “I was only doing my job” or “its part of my job”.

What definitely isn’t part of their job is being assaulted by the residents or patients they are caring for.

Details of the incident

Ms R was in a side room with a patient who was agitated. When an alarm sounded, she focused on calming her own patient before leaving the room.

As Ms R entered the corridor, another patient rushed at her and headbutted her, knocking her to the ground.

While Ms R was on the ground, she was kicked in the face and on her arm. The patient then began stamping on her head.

It was a while before colleagues managed to restrain the patient, who had an autistic spectrum disorder and a history of being aggressive to staff.

The nurse suffered injuries to her face, neck, shoulder, back, arm and hip when she was attacked by one of the patients.

Ms R held her employers responsible for her injuries as she was not properly protected whilst carrying out her job, despite there being an appropriate risk assessment in place.

Liability was admitted and an out of court settlement agreed.

If you have been assaulted at work by a resident or patient, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. For a no obligation chat about your options, call and speak to our team on 01302 320621.

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